- John Coates (mathematician)
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New South Wales, Australia
Australian National University
Andrew Wiles, Jacques Tilouine, Rodney Yager, Bernadette Perrin-Riou, Gary McConnell, Leila Schneps, Pierre Colmez, Matthias Flach, Warren Sinnott, Daniel Delbourgo, Susan Howson, Otmar Venjakob, Sarah Zerbes, Thanasis Bouganis
Iwasawa theory"p"-adic "L"-functions
Senior Whitehead Prize(1997)
John Henry Coates, FRS (born
26 January 1945) is a mathematicianwho holds (since 1986) the position of Sadleirian Professor of Pure Mathematicsat the University of Cambridgein the United Kingdom.
Coates was born and grew up in Possum Brush in
New South Wales, Australia, and studied at the Australian National Universityfrom which he gained a B.Sc.degree. He then moved to France, doing further study at the École Normale Superieurein Paris, before moving again to England. There he did postgraduate research at the University of Cambridge, his doctoral dissertation being on "p"-adic analogues of Baker's method.
In 1969, Coates was appointed assistant professor of mathematics at
Harvard Universityin the United States, before moving again in 1972 to Stanford Universitywhere he became an associate professor.
In 1975, he returned to England where he was made a
fellowof Emmanuel College, and took up a lectureship. Here he supervised the PhD of Andrew Wiles, and together they proved a partial case of the Birch and Swinnerton-Dyer conjecturefor elliptic curves with complex multiplication. [Coates, J.; Wiles, A. On the conjecture of Birch and Swinnerton-Dyer. Invent. Math. 39 (1977), no. 3, pp. 223-251]
In 1977, Coates moved back to Australia, becoming a professor at the
Australian National University, where he had been an undergraduate. The following year, he moved back to France, taking up a professorship at the University of Paris XIat Orsay. In 1985, he returned to the École Normale Superieure, this time as professor and director of mathematics.
He was elected a fellow of the
Royal Societyof London in 1985, and was President of the London Mathematical Societyfrom 1988 to 1990. The latter organisation awarded him the Senior Whitehead Prizein 1997, for "his fundamental research in number theory and for his many contributions to mathematical life both in the UK and internationally".
Since 1986 Coates has worked in the Department of Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics (DPMMS) of the University of Cambridge. In the last ten years he has focused on the study of various aspects of non-commutative
Iwasawa theory, for instance, the study of the arithmetic of elliptic curves in nonabelian infinite extensions.
* [http://www.dpmms.cam.ac.uk/site2002/People/coates_jh.html DPMMS profile]
* [http://www.emma.cam.ac.uk/about/fellows/display/index.cfm?fellow=83 Emmanuel College profile]
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