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 historian Deborah Dwork. He received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1964, and his daughter, historian Deborah Dwork, received one in 1993. They are one of only three father-daughter set to ever have done so.[3] Another daughter, computer scientist Cynthia Dwork, received the Dijkstra Prize.

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  1. ^ Memorial article – by Nick Katz and John Tate.
  2. ^ Bernard Dwork at the Mathematics Genealogy Project.
  3. ^ Shearin, Megan (April 8, 2011), W&M professor wins prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship, The College of William & Mary .