Wiles

4196 T-2. Discovered 1973 Sept. 29 by C. J. van Houten and I. van Houten-Groeneveld at Palomar.

Named in honor of Andrew J. Wiles (1953- ), British mathematician and world-renowned for his 1993 proof of Fermat's {see planet (12007)} Last Theorem, one of the most difficult mathematical problems, which had remained unsolved for more than 350 years. A gap in the proof was closed by Wiles in 1994. His achievement came too late for him to receive the Field Medal, because Wiles was then over the age limit of 40. The International Mathematical Union therefore gave him its most prestigious award, the Silver Plaque. Wiles' fields of research are number theory and arithmetic geometry. He is a professor at Princeton University. (M 34356)

Name proposed and citation prepared by L.D.Schmadel.

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