In mathematics, the Birkhoff–Grothendieck theorem classifies holomorphic vector bundles over the complex projective line. In particular every holomorphic vector bundle over is a direct sum of holomorphic line bundles. The theorem was proved by Alexander Grothendieck (1957, Theorem 2.1), and is more or less equivalent to Birkhoff factorization introduced by George David Birkhoff (1909).
More precisely, the statement of the theorem is as the following.
Every holomorphic vector bundle on is holomorphically isomorphic to a direct sum of line bundles:
The same result holds in algebraic geometry for algebraic vector bundle over for any field . It also holds for with one or two orbifold points, and for chains of projective lines meeting along nodes. 
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