Andrew Wiles

Sir Andrew Wiles

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Wiles at the 61st birthday conference for Pierre Deligne at the Institute for Advanced Study in 2005
Andrew John Wiles

(1953-04-11) 11 April 1953 (age 65)[1]
Cambridge, England
EducationKing's College School, Cambridge
The Leys School[1]
Alma mater
Known forProving the Taniyama–Shimura Conjecture for semistable elliptic curves, thereby proving Fermat's Last Theorem
Proving the main conjecture of Iwasawa theory
Scientific career
Reciprocity Laws and the Conjecture of Birch and Swinnerton-Dyer (1979)
Doctoral advisorJohn Coates[4][5]
Doctoral students

Sir Andrew John Wiles KBE FRS (born 11 April 1953)[1] is a British mathematician and a Royal Society Research Professor at the University of Oxford, specialising in number theory. He is best known for proving Fermat's Last Theorem, for which he was awarded the 2016 Abel Prize[6] and the 2017 Copley Medal by the Royal Society.[3] He was appointed Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2000, and in 2018 was appointed as the first Regius Professor of Mathematics at Oxford.[7]

Education and early life

Wiles was born on 11 April [8] 1953 in Cambridge, England, the son of Maurice Frank Wiles (1923–2005), the Regius Professor of Divinity at the University of Oxford,[1] and Patricia Wiles (née Mowll). His father worked as the Chaplain at Ridley Hall, Cambridge, for the years 1952–55. Wiles attended King's College School, Cambridge, and The Leys School, Cambridge.[9]

Wiles states that he came across Fermat's Last Theorem on his way home from school when he was 10 years old. He stopped at his local library where he found a book about the theorem.[10] Fascinated by the existence of a theorem that was so easy to state that he, a ten-year-old, could understand it, but that no one had proven, he decided to be the first person to prove it. However, he soon realised that his knowledge was too limited, so he abandoned his childhood dream, until it was brought back to his attention at the age of 33 by Ken Ribet's 1986 proof of the epsilon conjecture, which Gerhard Frey had previously linked to Fermat's famous equation.[11]

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