Past Member

Alan Baker


From the American Mathematical Society:

"Baker was awarded the Fields Medal for generalizing the Gelfond-Schneider theorem, the theorem that solved Hilbert's seventh problem. The generalization, now known as Baker's theorem, generated new transcendental numbers and gave bounds on how transcendental, and how irrational, certain numbers are. In addition to the Fields Medal, Baker received the Adams Prize from the University of Cambridge, was elected to the Royal Society of London, and was an inaugural Fellow of the AMS. He received his PhD from the University of Cambridge in 1964 under the direction of Harold Davenport, and spent his career at Cambridge but also held many visiting positions at prestigious universities and institutes worldwide."

"Alan Baker," AMS

Fields Medalist, 1970

Dates at IAS
  • Mathematics
University of Cambridge Ph.D., 1965
Member of the Academia Europaea 1998
Docteur Honoris Causa, University of Strasburg 1998
Fellow of the Indian national Academy 1980
Fellow of the Royal Society 1973
Adam's Prize, University of Cambridge 1972
University of Hong Kong 1999 Visiting Professor
Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich 1994 Visiting Professor
Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, Berkeley 1993 Visiting Professor
Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich 1989 Visiting Professor
University of Hong Kong 1988 Visiting Professor
Standford University 1974 Visiting Professor