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Alexander Grothendieck

1928 - 2014

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Alexander Grothendieck (; German pronunciation: [ˌalɛˈksandɐ ˈɡʁoːtn̩ˌdiːk] (listen); French: [ɡʁɔtɛndik]; 28 March 1928 – 13 November 2014) was a stateless mathematician who became the leading figure in the creation of modern algebraic geometry. His research extended the scope of the field and added elements of commutative algebra, homological algebra, sheaf theory, and category theory to its foundations, while his so-called "relative" perspective led to revolutionary advances in many areas of pure mathematics. He is considered by many to be the greatest mathematician of the twentieth century.Grothendieck began his productive and public career as a mathematician in 1949. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Alexander Grothendieck has received more than 1,062,610 page views. His biography is available in 52 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 48 in 2019). Alexander Grothendieck is the 79th most popular mathematician (up from 97th in 2019), the 410th most popular biography from Germany (up from 521st in 2019) and the 12th most popular German Mathematician.

Grothendieck is most famous for his work in algebraic geometry, specifically the development of the theory of schemes.

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Among mathematicians, Alexander Grothendieck ranks 79 out of 823Before him are Urbain Le Verrier, Giuseppe Peano, Andrey Kolmogorov, Richard Dedekind, Augustus De Morgan, and Regiomontanus. After him are Ctesibius, Friedrich Bessel, Pappus of Alexandria, Johann Heinrich Lambert, Felix Klein, and Bonaventura Cavalieri.

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Among people born in 1928, Alexander Grothendieck ranks 26Before him are Shirley Temple, Roger Vadim, Jean-Marie Le Pen, Alvin Toffler, Friedensreich Hundertwasser, and Agnès Varda. After him are Karlheinz Stockhausen, Kim Yong-nam, Elie Wiesel, George Peppard, James Coburn, and Queen Fabiola of Belgium. Among people deceased in 2014, Alexander Grothendieck ranks 18Before him are Luis Aragonés, Shirley Temple, Maximilian Schell, Jacques Le Goff, Harold Ramis, and Richard Attenborough. After him are Paco de Lucía, Lauren Bacall, Nadine Gordimer, Richard Kiel, Queen Fabiola of Belgium, and Gary Becker.

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Among people born in Germany, Alexander Grothendieck ranks 410 out of 6,142Before him are Carol I of Romania (1839), J. Hans D. Jensen (1907), Dietrich von Choltitz (1894), Gerda Taro (1910), Maria Amalia of Saxony (1724), and Regiomontanus (1436). After him are Louis II, Prince of Monaco (1870), Christian V of Denmark (1646), Erwin Panofsky (1892), Lothar Matthäus (1961), Friedrich Bessel (1784), and Julius von Mayer (1814).


Among mathematicians born in Germany, Alexander Grothendieck ranks 12Before him are Emmy Noether (1882), Karl Weierstrass (1815), August Ferdinand Möbius (1790), Ludolph van Ceulen (1540), Richard Dedekind (1831), and Regiomontanus (1436). After him are Friedrich Bessel (1784), Felix Klein (1849), Carl Gustav Jacob Jacobi (1804), Christopher Clavius (1538), Hermann Weyl (1885), and Ferdinand von Lindemann (1852).