Ilya Piatetski-Shapiro

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Ilya Piatetski-Shapiro (Hebrew: איליה פיאטצקי-שפירו; Russian: Илья́ Ио́сифович Пяте́цкий-Шапи́ро; 30 March 1929 – 21 February 2009) was a Soviet-born Israeli mathematician. During a career that spanned 60 years he made major contributions to applied science as well as pure mathematics. In his last forty years his research focused on pure mathematics; in particular, analytic number theory, group representations and algebraic geometry. His main contribution and impact was in the area of automorphic forms and L-functions.[1][2]

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Ilya Piatetski-Shapiro
Born(1929-03-30)30 March 1929
Died21 February 2009(2009-02-21) (aged 79)
Tel Aviv, Israel
NationalitySoviet Union-Russian-Israeli
Alma materMoscow Pedagogical Institute, Ph.D. 1954
Known forAutomorphic forms, L-functions
AwardsIsrael Prize (1981)
Wolf Prize (1990)
Scientific career
InstitutionsMoscow State University,
Steklov Institute, Yale, Tel Aviv University
Doctoral advisorAlexander Buchstab
Doctoral studentsJames Cogdell
Boris Moishezon
Ze'ev Rudnick
David Soudry
Mina Teicher
Andrei Toom
Leonid Vaseršteĭn
Ernest Vinberg

For the last 30 years of his life he suffered from Parkinson's disease. However, with the help of his wife Edith, he was able to continue to work and do mathematics at the highest level, even when he was barely able to walk and speak.