Daniel Quillen

American mathematician known for higher algebraic K-theory, / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Daniel Gray "Dan" Quillen (June 22, 1940 – April 30, 2011) was an American mathematician. He is known for being the "prime architect" of higher algebraic K-theory, for which he was awarded the Cole Prize in 1975 and the Fields Medal in 1978.

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Daniel Quillen
Born(1940-06-22)June 22, 1940
DiedApril 30, 2011(2011-04-30) (aged 70)
Haven Hospice,[1] North Florida
Known forAlgebraic K-theory (Quillen's Q-construction), Quillen–Suslin theorem, Bass–Quillen conjecture, rational homotopy theory, Quillen determinant line bundle, Mathai–Quillen formalism, Quillen's lemma, Quillen metric, Quillen's theorems A and B
AwardsFields Medal (1978)
Cole Prize (1975)
Putnam Fellow (1959)
Scientific career
ThesisFormal Properties of Over-Determined Systems of Linear Partial Differential Equations (1964)
Doctoral advisorRaoul Bott
Doctoral studentsKenneth Brown
Varghese Mathai
InfluencesMichael Atiyah
Alexander Grothendieck
Jean-Pierre Serre

From 1984 to 2006, he was the Waynflete Professor of Pure Mathematics at Magdalen College, Oxford.