22nd JULY 1930 – 2nd NOVEMBER 2012 DR. SHREERAM SHANKER ABHYANKAR ( MATHEMATICS AND ROBOTICS )

Shreeram Shankar Abhyankar

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Shreeram Shankar Abhyankar
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Shreeram Abhyankar (right) with Alexander Grothendieck (left), Michael Artin in the background, at Montreal, Canada in 1970.
Born July 22, 1930
Ujjain, India
Died 2 November 2012 (aged 82)
West Lafayette, Indiana, USA
Citizenship United States
Fields Mathematics
Institutions Purdue University
Alma mater University of Mumbai
Harvard University
Doctoral advisor Oscar Zariski,
Known for Abhyankar’s conjecture,Abhyankar’s lemma, Abhyankar–Moh theorem
Notable awards Chauvenet Prize (1978)

Shreeram Shankar Abhyankar (22 July 1930 – 2 November 2012)[1][2] was an Indian American mathematician known for his contributions to algebraic geometry. He, at the time of his death, held the Marshalldistinguished professor of mathematics chair at Purdue University, and was also a professor of computer science and industrial engineering. He is known for Abhyankar’s conjecture of finite group theory.

His latest research was in the area of computational and algorithmic algebraic geometry.

Career[edit]

Abhyankar was born in a Maharashtrian Konkanastha Brahmin family. He earned his B.Sc. from Royal Institute of Science of University of Mumbai in 1951, his A.M. at Harvard University in 1952, and his Ph.D. at Harvard in 1955. His thesis, written under the direction of Oscar Zariski, was titled Local uniformization on algebraic surfaces over modular ground fields.[3] Before going to Purdue, he was an associate professor of mathematics atCornell University and Johns Hopkins University.

Abhyankar was appointed the Marshall Distinguished Professor of Mathematics at Purdue in 1967. His research topics include algebraic geometry (particularly resolution of singularities, a field in which he made significant progress over fields of finite characteristic), commutative algebra, local algebra, valuation theory, theory of functions of several complex variables, quantum electrodynamics, circuit theory, invariant theory, combinatorics,computer-aided design, and robotics. He popularized the Jacobian conjecture.

Death[edit]

Abhyankar died of a heart condition on 2 November 2012 at his residence near Purdue University.[4]

Selected publications[edit]

Honours[edit]

Abhyankar has won numerous awards and honours.

See also[edit]

SHREERAM SHANKAR ABHYANKAR BIO


Shreeram Shankar Abhyankar was born in 1930, and is an Indian mathematician known for his contributions to algebraic geometry. He is the Marshall Distinguished Professor of Mathematics and Professor of Computer Science and Industrial Engineering at Purdue University. His name is associated with Abhyankar’s conjecture of finite group theory. He was born in a Maharashtrian koknastha Brahmin family. He earned his B.Sc. from Bombay University in 1951, his A.M. at Harvard University in 1952, and his Ph.D. at Harvard in 1956. His thesis, written under the direction of Oscar Zariski, was titled Local uniformization on algebraic surfaces over modular ground fields. Before going to Purdue, he was an associate professor of mathematics at Cornell University. He was appointed the Marshall Distinguished Professor of Mathematics in 1967. His research topics include algebraic geometry (particularly resolution of singularities), commutative algebra, local algebra, valuation theory, theory of functions of several complex variables, quantum electrodynamics, circuit theory, invariant theory, combinatorics, computer-aided design, and robotics. He popularized the Jacobian conjecture. His current research is in the area of computational geometry and algorithmic algebraic geometry.

Professor S. S. AbhyankarAbhyankar Receives Honorary DegreeProfessor Shreeram S. Abhyankar was awarded the degree “Docteur Honoris Causa” by the University of Angers in France on October 29, 1998. Honored for his scientific work in algebraic geometry and commutative algebra, he was commended at the ceremony by Professor Jean Michel Granger, who offered the following praise: “Your works are a constant source of reflection and inspiration to your colleagues because they advance our knowledge on some of the most difficult problems, and also because they reveal your unique vision of mathematics. Many are fascinated by your algorithmic approach, and many admire the depth of your works and results.”Abhyankar has served on the faculty of the Mathematics Department at Purdue since 1963 and in 1967 was named the Marshall Distinguished Professor of Mathematics. He is also interdisciplinary Professor of Industrial Engineering and Computer Science at Purdue. His research emphasizes constructive techniques and spans the areas of algebraic geometry, commutative algebra, local algebra, theory of functions of several complex variables, invariant theory, combinatorics, computer aided geometric design and robotics.Abhyankar has received many awards for his work, including Purdue’s Herbert Newby McCoy Award for best contribution to science in 1973, the Lester R. Ford Prize of the Mathematical Association of America in 1977, and the Medal of Honor from the University of Valladolid (Spain) in 1990. In 1978, the Mathematical Association of America awarded him the Chauvenet Prize for his article entitled “Historical Ramblings in Algebraic Geometry and Related Algebra” (American Mathematical Monthly, June 1976). Abhyankar is a Fellow of the Indian National Science Academy and the Indian Academy of Sciences.For many years Abhyankar has maintained steady contact with French universities, including Ecole Normale Supérieur at Saint-Cloud, Strasbourg, Nice, Versailles, and most recently Angers, with its deeply rooted tradition in algebraic geometry.

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