Alan Baker FRS (19 August 1939 – 4 February 2018[1]) was an English mathematician, known for his work on effective methods in number theory, in particular those arising from transcendental number theory.

Alan Baker

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Born(1939-08-19)19 August 1939
London, England
Died4 February 2018(2018-02-04) (aged 78)
Cambridge, England
NationalityBritish
Alma materUniversity College London
University of Cambridge
Known forNumber theory
Diophantine equations
Baker's theorem
AwardsFields Medal (1970)
Adams Prize (1972)
Scientific career
FieldsMathematics
InstitutionsUniversity of Cambridge
ThesisSome Aspects of Diophantine Approximation (1964)
Doctoral advisorHarold Davenport
Doctoral studentsJohn Coates
Yuval Flicker
Roger Heath-Brown
David Masser
Cameron Stewart

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LifeEdit

Alan Baker was born in London on 19 August 1939. He was awarded the Fields Medal in 1970, at age 31. His academic career started as a student of Harold Davenport, at University College London and later at Cambridge, where he received his PhD. He was a visiting scholar at the Institute for Advanced Study in the fall of 1970.[2] He was a fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge.

His interests were in number theory, transcendence, logarithmic forms, effective methods, Diophantine geometry and Diophantine analysis.

In 2012 he became a fellow of the American Mathematical Society.[3] He has also been made a foreign fellow of the National Academy of Sciences, India.[4]

AccomplishmentsEdit

Baker generalized the Gelfond–Schneider theorem, itself a solution to Hilbert's seventh problem.[5] Specifically, Baker showed that if   are algebraic numbers (besides 0 or 1), and if   are irrational algebraic numbers such that the set   are linearly independent over the rational numbers, then the number   is transcendental.

Selected publicationsEdit

  • Baker, Alan (1966), "Linear forms in the logarithms of algebraic numbers. I", Mathematika, 13: 204–216, doi:10.1112/S0025579300003971, ISSN 0025-5793, MR 0220680
  • Baker, Alan (1967a), "Linear forms in the logarithms of algebraic numbers. II", Mathematika, 14: 102–107, doi:10.1112/S0025579300008068, ISSN 0025-5793, MR 0220680
  • Baker, Alan (1967b), "Linear forms in the logarithms of algebraic numbers. III", Mathematika, 14: 220–228, doi:10.1112/S0025579300003843, ISSN 0025-5793, MR 0220680
  • Baker, Alan (1990), Transcendental number theory, Cambridge Mathematical Library (2nd ed.), Cambridge University Press, ISBN 978-0-521-39791-9, MR 0422171; 1st edition. 1975.[6]
  • Baker, Alan; Wüstholz, G. (2007), Logarithmic forms and Diophantine geometry, New Mathematical Monographs, 9, Cambridge University Press, ISBN 978-0-521-88268-2, MR 2382891

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