Francesco Severi

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Francesco Severi
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Born 13 April 1879
Died 8 December 1961(1961-12-08) (aged 82)
Nationality Italian
Alma mater Università di Torino, 1900
Known for Algebraic geometry, several complex variables
Awards Gold medal of the Accademia Nazionale delle Scienze detta dei XL (1906)
Prix Bordin (1907) (jointly with Federigo Enriques)
Guccia Medal (1908)
"Premio reale" of the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei (1913)
Scientific career
Fields Mathematics
Institutions Università di Torino, Università di Bologna, Università di Padova, Università di Roma, Istituto Nazionale di Alta Matematica (now Istituto Nazionale di Alta Matematica Francesco Severi)
Doctoral advisor Corrado Segre
Other academic advisors Enrico d'Ovidio, Federigo Enriques, Eugenio Bertini
Doctoral students Aldo Andreotti, Enzo Martinelli, Guido Zappa
Other notable students Luigi Fantappiè, Gaetano Fichera
Influenced Algebraic geometry, several complex variables
Francesco Severi (photo by Konrad Jacobs)

Francesco Severi (13 April 1879 – 8 December 1961) was an Italian mathematician.

Severi was born in Arezzo, Italy. He is famous for his contributions to algebraic geometry and the theory of functions of several complex variables. He became the effective leader of the Italian school of algebraic geometry. Together with Federigo Enriques, he won the Bordin prize from the French Academy of Sciences.

He contributed in a major way to birational geometry, the theory of algebraic surfaces, in particular of the curves lying on them, the theory of moduli spaces and the theory of functions of several complex variables. He wrote prolifically, and some of his work has subsequently been shown to be not rigorous according to the then new standards set in particular by Oscar Zariski and David Mumford. At the personal level, according to Roth (1963) he was easily offended, and he was involved in a number of controversies. Most notably, he was a staunch supporter of the Italian fascist regime of Benito Mussolini and was included on a committee of academics that was to conduct an anti-semitic purge of all scholarly societies and academic institutions.[1] He died in Rome of cancer.

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All the mathematical works of Francesco Severi, except all books, are collected in the six volumes of his "Opere Matematiche".

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  1. ^ Goodstein, Judith; Babbitt, Donald (2012). "A Fresh Look at Francesco Severi". Notices of the American Mathematical Society. 59 (8): 1064. doi:10.1090/noti881. 

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