Alexander Grothendieck

French mathematician (1928–2014)

Alexander Grothendieck (Berlin, 28 March 1928 – 13 November 2014, Saint-Girons, Ariège) was a leading figure in the modern field of algebraic geometry and Galois theory.[6][7][8][9]

Alexander Grothendieck
Alexander Grothendieck in Montreal, 1970
Born(1928-03-28)28 March 1928
Died13 November 2014(2014-11-13) (aged 86)
Saint-Lizier, France
Alma mater
Scientific career
ThesisProduits tensoriels topologiques et espaces nucleaires (1953)
Doctoral advisors
Doctoral students

In 1970 Grothendieck left the Institut des hautes études scientifiques, where he had been appointed research professor (1958–1970) and where he did his greatest work. He turned to radical pacifism and opposed all forms of warfare and aggression. This is why he declined the Crafoord Prize in 1988.[10][11]

In 1966 he was awarded the Fields Medal.[12]


  1. Cartier 2004, p. 10, footnote 12.
  2. Kleinert 2007.
  3. Douroux 2012.
  4. Scharlau 2008.
  5. Pierre Cartier; Luc Illusie; Nicholas M. Katz, eds. (2006). The Grothendieck Festschrift, Volume I: A Collection of Articles Written in Honor of the 60th Birthday of Alexander Grothendieck. Springer. p. 7. ISBN 978-0-8176-4566-3.
  6. JOC/EFR (June 1997). "Alexander Grothendieck". University of St Andrews, Scotland. Retrieved 24 September 2014.
  7. Piotr Pragacz, Topics in Cohomological Studies of Algebraic Varieties: Impanga Lecture Notes (Basel; Boston: Birkhäuser, 2005), p. xvii
  8. "Alexandre Grothendieck, ou la mort d'un génie qui voulait se faire oublier". Libération Sciences (in French). 13 November 2014. Retrieved 14 November 2014.
  9. "Alexander Grothendieck - obituary". Archived from the original on 2017-07-14. Retrieved 2018-04-01.
  10. "Crafoord Prize letter" (PDF). Archived from the original on 2006-01-06. Retrieved 2014-11-16.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  11. Robert Matthews and Nadejda Lobastova (20 August 2006). "Mathematics, where nothing is ever as simple as it seems". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 5 July 2009.
  12. Sooyoung Chang, Academic Genealogy of Mathematicians (Hackensack, NJ; Singapore: World Scientific, 2011), p. 115