Alex Wilkie

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Alex James Wilkie
Alex Wilkie.jpg
Alex Wilkie FRS, pictured in 2007
Born 1948 (age 66–67)
Northampton, England
Residence United Kingdom
Nationality British
Fields Mathematics, Model theory
Institutions Manchester University
Alma mater University College London
Bedford College, University of London
Doctoral advisor Wilfrid Hodges
Doctoral students Ricardo Bianconi
Cecily Crampin
Philipp Hieronymi
Gareth Jones
Søren Riis
Neil Thapen
Notable awards Karp Prize (1993)
Fellow of the Royal Society (2001)

Alex James Wilkie FRS (born Northampton 1948[1]) is a British mathematician known for his contributions to Model theory and logic. Previously Reader in Mathematical Logic at the University of Oxford, he was appointed to the Fielden Chair of Pure Mathematics at the University of Manchester in 2007.

Alex Wilkie attended Aylesbury Grammar School and went on to gain his BSc in mathematics with first class honours from University College London in 1969, his MSc (in mathematical logic) from the University of London in 1970, and his PhD from the Bedford College, University of London in 1973 under the supervision of Wilfrid Hodges with a dissertation entitled Models of Number Theory. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2001. To quote the citation

Wilkie has combined logical techniques and differential-geometric techniques to establish fundamental Finiteness Theorems for sets definable using the exponential function, and more general Pfaffian functions. The results, going far beyond those obtained by conventional methods, have already had striking applications to Lie groups.[2]

After his PhD he went on to an appointment as a lecturer in mathematics at Leicester University from 1972 to 1973, then a research fellow at the Open University from 1973 until 1978. He spent two periods as a junior lecturer in mathematics at Oxford University (1978–80 and 1981-2) with (1980-1) as a visiting assistant professor at Yale University. In 1980 Wilkie solved Tarski's high school algebra problem.

In October 1982 Wilkie was appointed as a research fellow in the department of mathematics at the University of Paris VII, then returned to England the following year to take up a three-year SERC (now EPSRC) advanced research fellowship at the University of Manchester. After two years he was appointed lecturer in the Department of Mathematics. In 1986 he went on to Oxford where he was appointed to the readership in mathematical logic there which had become vacant upon the retirement of Robin Gandy. He remained in this post until appointment to the Fielden Chair at Manchester.

Wilkie received the Carol Karp Prize (the highest award made by the Association for Symbolic Logic, every five years) jointly with Ehud Hrushovski in 1993.[3] He was elected to the Council of the London Mathematical Society in 2007, vice-president of the Association for Symbolic Logic (2006) and president of the Association for Symbolic Logic in 2009. In 2012 he became a fellow of the American Mathematical Society.[4]

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  1. ^ Wilkie, Alex James, Who's Who in Education,Inglewood Books, 2003
  2. ^ NOTICES, Bulletin of Symbolic Logic, Vol 7, No 3, p436, 2001
  3. ^ NOTICES Carol Karp Prize, J. Symbolic logic, Volume 58, Number 2, June 1993
  4. ^ List of Fellows of the American Mathematical Society, retrieved 2013-09-01.

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Preceded by
Mark Pollicott
Fielden Chair of Pure Mathematics
Succeeded by
Current Holder