Lucien Szpiro, Eminent Mathematician and Teacher, Remembered

The Graduate Center community is saddened to report that retired Distinguished Professor Lucien Szpiro (Mathematics) died in Paris this past Saturday, April 18, of cardiac arrest. He was 78.
Szpiro was considered one of the world’s leading mathematicians specializing in the fields of commutative algebra, Diophantine geometry, and arithmetic algebraic geometry. He was called one of the pioneers of Arakelov theory as a refined tool of modern Diophantine geometry. A Graduate Center Spotlight article noted that “Szpiro’s conjecture” about the discriminant of elliptic curves that carried his name, “is one of the most striking problems in number theory.”
Prior to joining The Graduate Center faculty, Szpiro served as Directeur de Recherches de Classe Exceptionelle (Distinguished Professor) at the National Center of Scientific Research at the University of Paris (Université de Paris-Sud). He was the recipient of the 1987 Doistau-Blutel Prize from the Académie des Sciences de Paris for his research and was honored by the National Science Foundation, among others. He was a fellow of the American Mathematical Society and a member of the Academia Europaea.
Szpiro held visiting positions at institutions all over the world, including, in this country, at the Institute for Advanced Study and Columbia University. This week, on a Columbia mathematics blog, a colleague remembered Szpiro as “a collaborator passionately open to sharing ideas and projects. A leader taking his friends on new and enriching scientific adventures.”

Submitted on: APR 21, 2020

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