David Masser

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David Masser
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David Masser
Born (1948-11-08) 8 November 1948 (age 71)
Alma materUniversity of Cambridge
Known forabc conjecture
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity of Basel
Doctoral advisorAlan Baker
Doctoral studentsPaula Tretkoff

David William Masser (born 8 November 1948) is Professor of Mathematics at the University of Basel. Along with Joseph Oesterlé, Masser formulated the abc conjecture which has been called "the most important unsolved problem in Diophantine analysis".[1]


He obtained his Ph.D. from University of Cambridge in 1974[2] on the topic of Elliptic Functions and Transcendence.

Before his appointment at the Mathematics Institute in Basel, Masser taught at the University of Michigan. He was an invited speaker at the International Congress of Mathematicians at Warsaw in 1983. He is known for his work in number theory, and was elected to the Royal Society in 2005.

External links[edit]

David Masser's entry at Mathematics Genealogy Project.


  1. ^ Goldfeld, Dorian (March–April 1996), "Beyond the last theorem", The Sciences: 34–40.
  2. ^ David Masser at the Mathematics Genealogy Project