Nov 142014

Alexander Grothendieck passed away on November 13, 2014, at the age of 86, in Saint-Girons.

He died Thursday at a hospital in the southwestern town of Saint-Girons, hospital officials said, without specifying the cause of death for privacy reasons. According to French daily Le Monde, Gothendieck had been living for decades in a hideaway home in the nearby village of Lasserre.

Grothendieck was a leading mind behind algebraic geometry — a field with practical applications including in satellite communications. In 1966, he was awarded the Fields Medal.

Grothendieck 离开数学圈后, 并非完全与世隔绝.