Alan Baker FRS (19 August 1939 – 4 February 2018) was an English mathematician, known for his work on effective methods in number theory, in particular those arising from transcendental number theory.
|Born||19 August 1939|
|Died||4 February 2018 (aged 78)|
|Alma mater||University College London|
University of Cambridge
|Known for||Number theory|
|Awards||Fields Medal (1970)|
Adams Prize (1972)
|Institutions||University of Cambridge|
|Thesis||Some Aspects of Diophantine Approximation (1964)|
|Doctoral advisor||Harold Davenport|
|Doctoral students||John Coates|
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. He was a fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge.
Baker generalized the Gelfond–Schneider theorem, itself a solution to Hilbert's seventh problem. 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.
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