David Masser

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David Masser
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David Masser
Born (1948-11-08) 8 November 1948 (age 68)
Nationality British
Alma mater University of Cambridge
Known for abc conjecture
Website math.unibas.ch/institut/personen/profil/profil/person/masser/
Scientific career
Fields Mathematics
Institutions University of Basel
Doctoral advisor Alan Baker
Doctoral students Daniel Kornhauser[citation needed]
Paula Tretkoff[citation needed]
Noel Wass[citation needed]

David William Masser (born 8 November 1948) is Professor of Mathematics at the University of Basel, in Basel, Switzerland. He obtained his Ph.D. from University of Cambridge in 1974[1] 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.

Along with Joseph Oesterlé, Masser formulated the abc conjecture in 1985. It has been stated that this conjecture "is the most important unsolved problem in Diophantine analysis".[2]


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