|Born||12 October 1952|
|Institutions||University of Oxford|
|Alma mater||University of Cambridge|
|Thesis||Topics in Analytic Number Theory (1979)|
|Doctoral advisor||Alan Baker|
|Known for||Analytic number theory|
|Notable awards||Smith's Prize (1976)
Fellow of the Royal Society (1993)
Pólya Prize (2009)
He was an undergraduate and graduate student of Trinity College, Cambridge; his research supervisor was Alan Baker. In 1979 he moved to the University of Oxford, where since 1999 he has held a professorship in pure mathematics.
Heath-Brown is known for many striking results. These include an approximate solution to Artin's conjecture on primitive roots, to the effect that out of 3, 5, 7 (or any three similar multiplicatively-independent square-free integers), one at least is a primitive root modulo p, for infinitely many prime numbers p. He also proved that there are infinitely many prime numbers of the form x3 + 2y3. In collaboration with S. J. Patterson in 1978 he proved the Kummer conjecture on cubic Gauss sums in its equidistribution form. He has applied Burgess's method on character sums to the ranks of elliptic curves in families. He proved that every non-singular cubic form over the rational numbers in at least ten variables represents 0. Heath-Brown also showed that Linnik's constant is less than or equal to 5.5. More recently, Heath-Brown is known for his pioneering work on the so-called determinant method. Using this method he was able to prove a conjecture of Serre in the four variable case in 2002. This particular conjecture of Serre was later dubbed the ``dimension growth conjecture" and this was almost completely solved by various works of Browning, Heath-Brown, and Salberger by 2009 
Awards and honours
The London Mathematical Society has awarded Heath-Brown the Junior Berwick Prize (1981), the Senior Berwick Prize (1996), and the Pólya Prize (2009). He was made a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1993, and a corresponding member of the Göttingen Academy of Sciences in 1999.
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- Heath-Brown, D.R. (2001). "Primes represented by x3 + 2y3". Acta Mathematica 186: 1–84. doi:10.1007/BF02392715.
- D. R. Heath-Brown, Cubic forms in ten variables, Proceedings of the London Mathematical Society, 47(3), pages 225–257 (1983) doi:10.1112/plms/s3-47.2.225
- D. R. Heath-Brown, Zero-free regions for Dirichlet L-functions, and the least prime in an arithmetic progression, Proceedings of the London Mathematical Society, 64(3), pages 265–338 (1992) doi:10.1112/plms/s3-64.2.265
- D.R. Heath-Brown, The density of rational points on curves and surfaces, Annals of Mathematics, 155(2), pages 553-598 (2002)
- T. D. Browning, Quantitative Arithmetic of Projective Varieties, Progress in Mathematics, 277, Birkhauser
- Berwick prizes page at The MacTutor History of Mathematics archive
- "Professor Roger Heath-Brown". The Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford. Retrieved 28 December 2010.
- "ICM Plenary and Invited Speakers since 1897". International Congress of Mathematicians.
- List of Fellows of the American Mathematical Society, retrieved 2013-01-19.