Francesco Severi

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This article is about the twentieth-century mathematician. For the Baroque composer and castrato of the same name, see Francesco Severi (composer).
Francesco Severi
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Born 13 April 1879
Died 8 December 1961(1961-12-08) (aged 82)
Nationality Italian
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)
Alma mater Università di Torino, 1900
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
Known for Algebraic geometry, several complex variables
Influenced Algebraic geometry, several complex variables
Notable 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)
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. 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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