Masayoshi Nagata

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Masayoshi Nagata
Born (1927-02-09)February 9, 1927
Ōbu, Aichi, Japan
Died August 27, 2008(2008-08-27) (aged 81)
Nationality Japanese
Fields Mathematics
Institutions Kyoto University
Alma mater Nagoya University
Doctoral advisor Tadasi Nakayama
Doctoral students Shuzo Izumi
Shigefumi Mori
Known for Nagata ring
Nagata–Biran conjecture

Masayoshi Nagata (Japanese: 永田 雅宜 Nagata Masayoshi; February 9, 1927 – August 27, 2008) was a Japanese mathematician, known for his work in the field of commutative algebra.

In 1959 he brought forward a counterexample to the general case of Hilbert's fourteenth problem on invariant theory.

One of his students at Kyoto University was Shigefumi Mori.

Nagata's conjecture on curves concerns the minimum degree of a plane curve specified to have given multiplicities at given points; see also Seshadri constant. Nagata's conjecture on automorphisms concerns the existence of wild automorphisms of polynomial algebras in three variables. Recent work has solved this latter problem in the affirmative.[1]

Nagata's compactification theorem shows that varieties can be embedded in complete varieties.

Selected works[edit]

  • Nagata, Masayoshi Local rings. Interscience Tracts in Pure and Applied Mathematics, No. 13. Interscience Publishers (a division of John Wiley & Sons), New York-London 1962, reprinted by R. E. Krieger Pub. Co, 1975. ISBN 0-88275-228-6

See also[edit]


  1. ^ I. P. Shestakov, & U. U. Umirbaev (2004) J. Am. Math. Soc. 17, 197–227.


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