Jean-Pierre Serre is a Fields Medal-winning French mathematician who has made significant contributions in the fields of algebraic geometry, number theory and topology. Jean-Pierre’s work has successfully established a new foundation for algebraic geometry and commutative algebra.
Highlights of Jean-Pierre’s research include his work on computing the homotopy groups of spheres and his contributions to Galois representations, which helped to pave the way to the proof of Fermat’s Last Theorem. In addition, he is the author of a number of popular books on mathematics.
For playing a key role in shaping the modern form of many parts of mathematics, including topology, algebraic geometry and number theory.
Achieved major results on the homotopy groups of spheres, especially in his use of the method of spectral sequences. Reformulated and extended some of the main results of complex variable theory in terms of sheaves.
In the field of mathematics for his many fundamental contributions to topology, algebraic geometry, algebra, and number theory and for his inspirational lectures and writing.