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Pierre Deligne

Pierre Deligne, March 2005
Born 3 October 1944 (1944-10-03) (age 75)
Etterbeek, Belgium
Nationality Belgian
Fields Mathematics
Institutions Institute for Advanced Study
Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques
Alma mater Universite Libre de Bruxelles
Doctoral advisor Alexander Grothendieck
Doctoral students Lê Dũng Tráng
Miles Reid
Michael Rapoport
Known for Proof of the Weil conjectures
Notable awards Wolf Prize (2008)
Balzan Prize (2004)
Crafoord Prize (1988)
Fields Medal (1978)

Pierre René, Viscount Deligne (born 3 October 1944) is an important Belgian mathematician. He is known for work on the Weil conjectures.

He was born in Etterbeek. He went to school at Athénée Adolphe Max and studied at the Universite Libre de Bruxelles (ULB).

He was awarded the Fields Medal in 1978, the Crafoord Prize in 1988, the Balzan Prize in 2004 and the Wolf Prize in 2008.

In 2006 he was ennobled by the Belgian king as viscount.[1]

In 2009, Deligne was elected a foreign member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.[2]


  1. Official announcement ennoblement - Belgian Federal Public Service. 2006-07-18
  2. Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences: Many new members elected to the Academy, press release on 12 February 2009