Bernard Dwork

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Bernard Dwork
Born (1923-05-27)May 27, 1923
The Bronx
Died May 9, 1998(1998-05-09) (aged 74)
New Brunswick, NJ
Nationality United States
Fields Mathematics
Institutions Princeton University
Alma mater Columbia University
Doctoral advisor Emil Artin
Doctoral students Stefan Burr
Nick Katz
Notable awards Cole Prize (1962)

Bernard Morris Dwork (May 27, 1923 – May 9, 1998) was an American mathematician, known for his application of p-adic analysis to local zeta functions, and in particular for a proof of the first part of the Weil conjectures: the rationality of the zeta-function of a variety over a finite field. For this proof he received, together with Kenkichi Iwasawa, the Cole Prize in 1962.[1] The general theme of Dwork's research was p-adic cohomology and p-adic differential equations. He published two papers under the pseudonym Maurizio Boyarsky.

Dwork received his Ph.D. at Columbia University in 1954 under direction of Emil Artin; Nick Katz was one of his students.[2] He is the father of computer scientist Cynthia Dwork, who received the Dijkstra Prize and is now continuing as a Radcliffe Scholar at Harvard University. He received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1964, and his other daughter, historian Deborah Dwork, received one in 1993. Additionally, his son Andrew Dwork works is a Professor of Clinical Pathology and Cell Biology (in Psychiatry), at Columbia University, focusing his work on neuropathology of psychiatric disorders.

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