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 and then French 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 997,969 page views. His biography is available in 48 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 46 in 2019). Alexander Grothendieck is the 97th most popular mathematician (down from 94th in 2019), the 521st most popular biography from Germany (down from 466th in 2019) and the 14th 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 97 out of 828Before him are Augustus De Morgan, Alexander Friedmann, Paul Erdős, Anthemius of Tralles, Isaac Barrow, and János Bolyai. After him are Josef Stefan, Carl Gustav Jacob Jacobi, Leopold Kronecker, Stefan Banach, Thomas Harriot, and Christopher Clavius.

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Among people born in 1928, Alexander Grothendieck ranks 33Before him are George Peppard, Jean-Marie Le Pen, Geert Hofstede, Martin Landau, Elie Wiesel, and Domenico Modugno. After him are Alberto Korda, Queen Fabiola of Belgium, Li Ka-shing, Hans Küng, Martin Cooper, and Li Peng. Among people deceased in 2014, Alexander Grothendieck ranks 23Before him are Lauren Bacall, Maximilian Schell, Louis Zamperini, Alain Resnais, Paco de Lucía, and Richard Attenborough. After him are Mickey Rooney, Jack Brabham, Queen Fabiola of Belgium, Gary Becker, Martin Lewis Perl, and H. R. Giger.

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Among people born in Germany, Alexander Grothendieck ranks 521 out of 5,289Before him are Julius von Mayer (1814), Richard von Weizsäcker (1920), Luz Long (1913), Michael Thonet (1796), Prince Maximilian of Baden (1867), and Walther Rathenau (1867). After him are Hans Fischer (1881), Victoria of Baden (1862), August Wilhelm Schlegel (1767), Johann Rudolf Glauber (1604), Alexandrine of Mecklenburg-Schwerin (1879), and Princess Victoria Louise of Prussia (1892).


Among mathematicians born in Germany, Alexander Grothendieck ranks 14Before him are Karl Weierstrass (1815), August Ferdinand Möbius (1790), Friedrich Bessel (1784), Richard Dedekind (1831), Regiomontanus (1436), and Felix Klein (1849). After him are Carl Gustav Jacob Jacobi (1804), Christopher Clavius (1538), Ferdinand von Lindemann (1852), Hermann Weyl (1885), Johannes Trithemius (1462), and Robert Aumann (1930).