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Sir Peter Swinnerton-Dyer
Peter Swinnerton-Dyer at the workshop
"Explicit methods in number theory" in Oberwolfach, 2007
Henry Peter Francis Swinnerton-Dyer
2 August 1927
|Died||26 December 2018(aged 91)|
|Alma mater||University of Cambridge|
|Known for||Birch and Swinnerton-Dyer conjecture|
|Awards||Pólya Prize (2006)|
Sylvester Medal (2006)
|Institutions||University of Cambridge|
|Doctoral advisors||John Littlewood|
|Doctoral students||Jean-Louis Colliot-Thélène|
Sir Henry Peter Francis Swinnerton-Dyer, 16th Baronet, KBE, FRS (2 August 1927 – 26 December 2018) was an English mathematician specialising in number theory at University of Cambridge. As a mathematician he was best known for his part in the Birch and Swinnerton-Dyer conjecture relating algebraic properties of elliptic curves to special values of L-functions, which was developed with Bryan Birch during the first half of the 1960s with the help of machine computation, and for his work on the Titan operating system.
Swinnerton-Dyer was the son of Sir Leonard Schroeder Swinnerton Dyer, 15th Baronet, and his wife Barbara, daughter of Hereward Brackenbury. He was a Fellow of Trinity College, Master of St Catharine's College and vice-chancellor of the University of Cambridge from 1979 to 1983. In 1983 he was made an Honorary Fellow of St Catharine's and Chairman of the University Grants Committee and then from 1989, Chief Executive of the Universities Funding Council. He was elected Fellow of the Royal Society in 1967 and was made a KBE in 1987. In 2006 he was awarded the Sylvester Medal. In 1981, he was awarded an Honorary Degree (Doctor of Science) by the University of Bath.
Swinnerton-Dyer was, in his younger days, an international bridge player, representing the British team twice in the European Open teams championship. In 1953 at Helsinki he was partnered by Dimmie Fleming (the only occasion a woman played on the British Open team): the team came second out of fifteen teams. In 1962 he was partnered by Ken Barbour; the team came fourth out of twelve teams at Beirut.
He married Dr Harriet Crawford in 1983.
Swinnerton-Dyer died on 26 December 2018 at the age of 91.
- Swinnerton-Dyer, H.P.F. (1974), Analytic theory of Abelian varieties, LMS Lecture Notes, 14, Cambridge University Press, ISBN 0-521-20526-3.
- Swinnerton-Dyer, Peter (2001), A brief guide to algebraic number theory, LMS Student Text, Cambridge University Press, ISBN 0-521-00423-3.
- List of Vice-Chancellors of the University of Cambridge
- List of Masters of St Catharine's College, Cambridge
- Sleeman, Elizabeth (2003), The International Who's Who 2004, Routledge, ISBN 1-85743-217-7
- Peter Swinnerton-Dyer interviewed by Alan Macfarlane, 2008-05-12, retrieved 2009-07-31
- "Number theory expert and co-creator of the 'beautiful' Birch and Swinnerton-Dyer Conjecture' Daily Telegraph Obituaries p31 Issue no 50,890 (dated Tuesday 1 January 2019
- "Honorary Graduates 1989 to present". bath.ac.uk. University of Bath. Retrieved 18 February 2012.
- Hasenson P. British Bridge Almanack. 77, London. p400-1
- "Professor Sir Peter Swinnerton-Dyer Bt KBE FRS (1927-2018)". St. Catharine's College, Cambridge. 28 December 2018.
- Personal web page
- Number Theory and Algebraic Geometry -- to Peter Swinnerton-Dyer on his 75th birthday, edited by Miles Reid and Alexei Skorobogatov, LMS Lecture Notes 303, Cambridge University Press, 2004 ISBN 0-521-54518-8
- Weisstein, Eric W. "Birch/Swinnerton-Dyer Conjecture". MathWorld.
- Weisstein, Eric W. "Swinnerton-Dyer Polynomial". MathWorld.
- Peter Swinnerton-Dyer interviewed by Alan Macfarlane 12 May 2008 (film)
|Baronetage of England|
Leonard Schroeder Swinnerton Dyer
Edwin Ernest Rich
| Master of St Catharine's College, Cambridge
Sir Alan Cottrell
| Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge
Sir Harry Hinsley