Shinichi Mochizuki

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Shinichi Mochizuki
Born (1969-03-29) March 29, 1969 (age 45)[1]
Tokyo, Japan[1]
Nationality Japanese
Fields Mathematics
Institutions Kyoto University
Alma mater Princeton University
Doctoral advisor Gerd Faltings
Known for Proposed proof of abc conjecture,
Proved Grothendieck conjecture
Notable awards JSPS Prize, Japan Academy Medal[1]

Shinichi Mochizuki (望月 新一 Mochizuki Shin'ichi?, born March 29, 1969) is a Japanese mathematician specializing in number theory.[2] He works in arithmetic geometry, Hodge theory, and anabelian geometry, and he introduced p-adic Teichmüller theory, Hodge–Arakelov theory, Frobenioids, and inter-universal Teichmüller theory. He was an invited speaker at the International Congress of Mathematicians in 1998.[3]

He proved Grothendieck conjecture in 1996.[4]

In August 2012, Mochizuki released what is claimed to be a proof of the abc conjecture; however, the claimed proof is very long and complex and is still being verified for correctness by other mathematicians.[2][5][6] He documented the relevant progress in two reports, the first in December 2013 and the second in December 2014.


When he was five years old, Shinichi Mochizuki and his family left Japan to live in New York City. Mochizuki attended Phillips Exeter Academy and graduated in 1985.[7] He entered Princeton University as an undergraduate at age 16 and graduated salutatorian in 1988.[7] He then received a Ph.D. under the supervision of Gerd Faltings at age 23.[1] He joined the Research Institute for Mathematical Sciences in Kyoto University in 1992 and was promoted to professor in 2002.[1]


Inter-universal Teichmüller theory[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e Mochizuki, Shinichi. "Curriculum Vitae". Retrieved 14 September 2012. 
  2. ^ a b . "Proof claimed for deep connection between primes". Nature News. 10 September 2012. 
  3. ^ "International Congress of Mathemeticians 1998". 
  4. ^ Donald G. Babbitt, Jane E. Kister, ed. (1999), Featured Reviews in Mathematical Reviews 1997-1999: With Selected Reviews of Classic Books and Papers from 1940-1969, American Mathematical Society, p. A52 
  5. ^ Inter-universal Teichmüller theory IV: log-volume computations and set-theoretic foundations, Shinichi Mochizuki, August 2012
  6. ^ Chen, Caroline (9 May 2013). "The Paradox of the Proof". Project Wordsworth. 
  7. ^ a b "Seniors address commencement crowd". Princeton Weekly Bulletin. 20 June 1988. p. 4. 

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