Robert F. Coleman
|Robert F. Coleman|
Robert Coleman at Oberwolfach in 1983
|Born||November 22, 1954|
|Died||March 24, 2014(aged 59)|
|Institutions||University of California, Berkeley|
|Doctoral advisor||Kenkichi Iwasawa|
After graduating from Nova High School, he completed his bachelor's degree at Harvard University in 1976 and subsequently attended Cambridge University for Part III of the mathematical tripos. While there John H. Coates provided him with a problem for his doctoral thesis ("Division Values in Local Fields"), which he completed at Princeton University in 1979 under the advising of Kenkichi Iwasawa. He then had a one-year postdoctoral appointment at the Institute for Advanced Study and then taught at Harvard University for three years. In 1983, he moved to University of California, Berkeley. In 1985, he was struck with a severe case of multiple sclerosis, in which he lost the use of his legs. Despite this, he remained an active faculty member until his retirement in 2013. He was awarded a MacArthur fellowship in 1987.
He worked primarily in number theory, with specific interests in p-adic analysis and arithmetic geometry. In particular, he developed a theory of p-adic integration analogous to the classical complex theory of abelian integrals. Applications of Coleman integration include an effective version of Chabauty's theorem concerning rational points on curves and a new proof of the Manin-Mumford conjecture, originally proved by Raynaud. Coleman is also known for introducing p-adic Banach spaces into the study of modular forms and discovering important classicality criteria for overconvergent p-adic modular forms. With Barry Mazur, he introduced the eigencurve and established some of its fundamental properties. In 1990, Coleman found a gap in Manin's proof of the Mordell conjecture over function fields and managed to fill it in. With José Felipe Voloch, Coleman established an important unchecked compatibility in Dick Gross's theory of companion forms.
Robert Coleman died on March 24, 2014 and is survived by his wife Tessa, sister Rosalind, brother Mark, nephew Jeffrey and niece Elise, and service dog Julep.
- Coleman, Robert F. (1979), "Division values in local fields.", Invent. Math. 53 (2): 91–116, doi:10.1007/BF01390028, MR 0560409 PhD thesis
- Coleman, Robert F. (1985), "Torsion points on curves and p-adic abelian integrals", Ann. of Math. 121: 111–168, doi:10.2307/1971194, MR 0782557
- Coleman, Robert F. (1985), "Effective Chabauty", Duke Math. J. 52: 765–770, doi:10.1215/s0012-7094-85-05240-8, MR 0808103
- Coleman, Robert F. (1987), "Ramified torsion points on curves", Duke Math. J. 54: 615–640, doi:10.1215/s0012-7094-87-05425-1, MR 0899407
- Coleman, Robert F.; de Shalit, Ehud (1988), "p-adic regulators on curves and special values of p-adic L-functions", Invent. Math. 93: 239–266, doi:10.1007/bf01394332, MR 0948100
- Coleman, Robert F. (1990), "Manin's proof of the Mordell conjecture over function fields", L'Enseignement Mathématique. Revue Internationale. IIe Série 36 (3): 393–427, ISSN 0013-8584, MR 1096426
- Coleman, Robert F.; Voloch, José Felipe (1992), "Companion forms and Kodaira-Spencer theory", Invent. Math. 110: 263–281, doi:10.1007/bf01231333, MR 1185584
- Coleman, Robert F. (1996), "Classical and Overconvergent Modular Forms", Invent. Math. 124: 215–241, doi:10.1007/s002220050051, MR 1369416
- Coleman, Robert F. (1997), "p-adic Banach spaces and families of modular forms.", Invent. Math. 127 (3): 417–479, doi:10.1007/s002220050127, MR 1431135
- Coleman, R.; Mazur, B. (1998), "The eigencurve", Galois representations in arithmetic algebraic geometry (Durham, 1996) (PDF), London Math. Soc. Lecture Note Ser. 254, Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press, pp. 1–113, MR 1696469
- Coleman, Robert F. (2003), "Stable maps of curves", Doc. Math., Extra Volume for Kazuya Kato's fiftieth birthday: 217–225, MR 2046600
- Freistadt, Margo (1987), "MS victim counts on helping others", Spokane Chronicle (July 23): 1