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Minn.-born mathematician to be honored at U of M

By Victoria Advocate
Dec. 26, 2010 at 6:26 a.m.


MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The University of Minnesota will honor an award-winning mathematician and Minneapolis native in a first-of-its-kind mathematics conference at the school.

John Torrence Tate, Jr., was the 2010 winner of the Abel Prize, an international prize for outstanding scientific work in the field of mathematics. It included a $1 million award. Tate received the award for his lasting impact on algebraic number theory at a ceremony in Norway last May.

Tate was born in Minneapolis in 1925. He is the son of world-renowned physicist and form University of Minnesota professor John T. Tate, Sr., whose name is on the school's Tate Laboratory of Physics Building.

The younger Tate, who recently retired from a position at the University of Texas, spent the longest stretch of his career at Harvard University. He will be honored at the university's first Abel Conference on Jan. 3-5.

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