Wolf Prize Laureate in Mathematics 2002/3
John T. Tate
Affiliation at the time of the award:
University of Texas, USA
“for his creation of fundamental concepts in algebraic number theory”.
For over a quarter of a century, Professor John Tate’s ideas have dominated the development of arithmetic algebraic geometry. Tate has introduced path breaking techniques and concepts, that initiated many theories which are very much alive today. These include Fourier analysis on local fields and adele rings, Galois cohomology, the theory of rigid analytic varieties, and p-divisible groups and p-adic Hodge decompositions, to name but a few. Tate has been an inspiration to all those working on number theory. Numerous notions bear his name: Tate cohomology of a finite group, Tate module of an abelian variety, Tate-Shafarevitch group, Lubin-Tate groups, Neron-Tate heights, Tate motives, the Sato-Tate conjecture, Tate twist, Tate elliptic curve, and others. John Tate is a revered name in algebraic number theory.