Sarah Zerbes

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Sarah Livia Zerbes (IPA: [tsɛrbɛs],[1] born 2 August 1978) is a German algebraic number theorist at University College London. Her research interests include L-functions, modular forms, p-adic Hodge theory, and Iwasawa theory,[2] and her work has led to new insights towards the Birch and Swinnerton-Dyer conjecture, which predicts the number of rational points on an elliptic curve by the behavior of an associated L-function.[3]

Education and career[edit]

Zerbes read mathematics at the University of Cambridge, earning first class honours in 2001.[2] She completed a Ph.D. at Cambridge in 2005; her dissertation, Selmer groups over non-commutative p-adic Lie extensions, was supervised by John H. Coates.[2][4]

While still a graduate student, she became a Marie Curie Fellow at the Institut Henri Poincaré in Paris, and after completing her doctorate she undertook postdoctoral studies as a Hodge Fellow at the Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques near Paris, as a Chapman Fellow at Imperial College London, and (while working as a lecturer at the University of Exeter beginning in 2008) as a postdoctoral fellow under the support of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.

She took another lectureship at University College London in 2012, and has been professor there since 2016.[2] Zerbes also serves on the council of the London Mathematical Society.[5]


Zerbes won a Philip Leverhulme Prize in 2014, jointly with her husband and frequent research collaborator David Loeffler of the University of Warwick.[3] In 2015 Zerbes and Loeffler won the Whitehead Prize "for their work in number theory, in particular for their discovery of a new Euler system, and for their applications of this to generalisations of the Birch–Swinnerton-Dyer conjecture."[6]


  1. ^ Zerbes, Sarah, My surname, retrieved 2018-02-08
  2. ^ a b c d Curriculum vitae (PDF), retrieved 2018-02-08
  3. ^ a b UCL researchers recognised in Leverhulme prizes, University College London, 10 November 2014, retrieved 2018-02-08
  4. ^ Sarah Zerbes at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  5. ^ Council, London Mathematical Society, retrieved 2018-02-08
  6. ^ LMS prizegiving, London Mathematical Society, 2015, retrieved 2018-02-08

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