A very good Sunday morning!
Happy 59th Birthday to German mathematician, Gerd Faltings – born this day in 1954!
In 1986 Faltings was awarded the Fields Medal primarily for his proof of the Mordell Conjecture (a curve of genus greater than 1 over the field Q of rational numbers has only finitely many rational points) which he achieved using methods of arithmetic algebraic geometry.
He has also been closely linked with the work leading to the final proof of Fermat’s Last Theorem (no three positive integers a, b, and c can satisfy the equation an + bn = cn for any integer value of n greater than two) by Andrew Wiles. In 1983 Faltings proved that for every n > 2 there are at most a finite number of coprime integers x, y, z with xn + yn = zn.
Since 1994 he has been a director of the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in Bonn. In 1996, he received the Leibniz Prize, the highest honor awarded in German research.