Professor Emeritus

Enrico Bombieri

School of Mathematics
Number Theory
Field of Study
Number Theory
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Enrico Bombieri, a Fields Medalist for his work on the large sieve and its application to the distribution of prime numbers, is one of the world’s leading authorities on number theory and analysis. His work ranges from analytic number theory to algebra and algebraic geometry, and the partial differential equations of minimal surfaces. In the past decade, his main contributions have been in the active area of Diophantine approximation and Diophantine geometry, exploring questions on how to solve equations and inequalities in integers and rational numbers. Some of the above topics, in particular those related to prime number theory, have potential practical applications to cryptography and security of data transmission and identification.

Fields Medalist, 1974

Dates at IAS

Emeritus: Mathematics


Faculty: Mathematics


Member: Mathematics

1/19745/1974 Spring
Università degli Studi di Milano Ph.D., 1963
Awards: Italian Scientists and Scholars of North America Foundation, Lifetime Achievement Award 2015; King Faisal International Prize 2010; American Mathematical Society, Joseph Doob Prize 2008; Premio Internazionale Pitagora 2006; Cavaliere di Gran Croce al Merito della Repubblica, Italy, 2002; Balzan Prize 1980; Feltrinelli Prize 1976; Fields Medal 1974
Memberships: Academia Europaea; Académie des Sciences, Institut de France; Accademia Nazionale dei XL, Rome; Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei; American Academy of Arts and Sciences; National Academy of Sciences; Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences
Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa 1974–1977 Professor
Università di Pisa 1966–1974 Professor