Shreeram Shankar Abhyankar

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Shreeram Shankar Abhyankar
Abhyankar Grothendieck.jpg
Shreeram Abhyankar (right) with Alexander Grothendieck (left), Michael Artin in the background, at Montreal, Canada in 1970.
Born (1930-07-22)July 22, 1930
Ujjain, India
Died 2 November 2012(2012-11-02) (aged 82)
West Lafayette, Indiana, USA
Citizenship United States
Fields Mathematics
Institutions Purdue University
Alma mater Royal Institute of Science
Harvard University
Doctoral advisor Oscar Zariski,
Known for Abhyankar's conjecture, Abhyankar's lemma, Abhyankar–Moh theorem
Notable awards Chauvenet Prize (1978)

Shreeram Shankar Abhyankar (22 July 1930 - 2 November 2012)[1][2] was an Indian American mathematician known for his contributions to algebraic geometry. He, at the time of his death, held the Marshall distinguished professor of mathematics chair at Purdue University, and was also a professor of computer science and industrial engineering. He is known for Abhyankar's conjecture of finite group theory.

His latest research was in the area of computational and algorithmic algebraic geometry.

Career[edit]

Abhyankar was born in a Maharashtrian Konkanastha Brahmin family. He earned his B.Sc. from Royal Institute of Science in 1951, his A.M. at Harvard University in 1952, and his Ph.D. at Harvard in 1955. His thesis, written under the direction of Oscar Zariski, was titled Local uniformization on algebraic surfaces over modular ground fields.[3] Before going to Purdue, he was an associate professor of mathematics at Cornell University and Johns Hopkins University.

Shreeram was appointed the Marshall Distinguished Professor of Mathematics at Purdue in 1967. His research topics include algebraic geometry (particularly resolution of singularities, a field in which he made significative progress over fields of finite characteristic), commutative algebra, local algebra, valuation theory, theory of functions of several complex variables, quantum electrodynamics, circuit theory, invariant theory, combinatorics, computer-aided design, and robotics. He popularized the Jacobian conjecture.

Death[edit]

Abhyankar died of a heart condition on 2 November 2012 at his residence near Purdue University.[4]

Selected publications[edit]

Honours[edit]

Abhyankar has won numerous awards and honours.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "S. S. Abhyankar (1930–2012)". Current Science.ac.in. 
  2. ^ by SR Ghorpade. "Remembering Shreeram S. Abhyankar". Asia Pacific Mathematics Newsletter. 
  3. ^ *Shreeram Shankar Abhyankar at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  4. ^ "Shreeram S. Abhyankar. Obituary.". Retrieved 24 November 2012. 
  5. ^ List of Fellows of the American Mathematical Society, retrieved 2012-11-03.

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