Peter SwinnertonDyer
Sir Peter SwinnertonDyer, Bt  

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Peter SwinnertonDyer at the workshop
"Explicit methods in number theory" in Oberwolfach, 2007 

Born  Ponteland, Northumberland^{[1]} 
2 August 1927
Residence  Thriplow, England^{[2]} 
Nationality  British 
Fields  Mathematics 
Institutions  University of Cambridge 
Alma mater  University of Cambridge 
Doctoral advisor  John Littlewood and André Weil 
Doctoral students  Mehran Basti Andreas Bender Andrew Bremner Martin Bright JeanLouis ColliotThélène Miles Reid Walter Stothers Barry Tennison 
Known for  Birch and SwinnertonDyer conjecture 
Notable awards  Pólya Prize (2006) Sylvester Medal (2006) 
Sir Henry Peter Francis SwinnertonDyer, 16th Baronet KBE FRS (born 2 August 1927), commonly known as Peter SwinnertonDyer, is an English mathematician specialising in number theory at University of Cambridge. As a mathematician he is best known for his part in the Birch and SwinnertonDyer conjecture relating algebraic properties of elliptic curves to special values of Lfunctions, which was developed with Bryan Birch during the first half of the 1960s with the help of machine computation, and for his work on the Titan operating system.
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Biography
SwinnertonDyer is the son of Sir Leonard Schroeder Swinnerton Dyer, 15th Baronet, and his wife Barbara, daughter of Hereward Brackenbury. He was a Fellow of Trinity College, Master of St Catharine's College and vicechancellor of the University of Cambridge from 1979 to 1983. From 1983 he was Chairman of the University Grants Committee and then from 1989, Chief Executive of the Universities Funding Council. He was elected Fellow of the Royal Society in 1967 and was a KBE in 1987. In 2006 he was awarded the Sylvester Medal.
SwinnertonDyer was, in his younger days, an international bridge player, representing the British team twice in the European Open teams championship. In 1953 at Helsinki he was partnered by Dimmie Fleming (the only occasion a woman has played in the British Open team): the team came second out of fifteen teams. In 1962 he was partnered by Ken Barbour; the team came fourth out of twelve teams at Beirut.^{[3]} He was also a strong chess player and in matches represented Cambridge University on top board.
In 1981, he was awarded an Honorary Degree (Doctor of Science) by the University of Bath.^{[4]}
Books
 SwinnertonDyer, H.P.F. (1974), Analytic theory of Abelian varieties, LMS Lecture Notes, 14, Cambridge University Press, ISBN 0521205263<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>.
 SwinnertonDyer, Peter (2001), A brief guide to algebraic number theory, LMS Student Text, Cambridge University Press, ISBN 0521004233<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>.
See also
 List of ViceChancellors of the University of Cambridge
 List of Masters of St Catharine's College, Cambridge
Notes
 ↑ Sleeman, Elizabeth (2003), The International Who's Who 2004, Routledge, ISBN 1857432177<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
 ↑ Peter SwinnertonDyer interviewed by Alan Macfarlane, 20080512, retrieved 20090731<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
 ↑ Hasenson P. British Bridge Almanack. 77, London. p4001
 ↑ "Honorary Graduates 1989 to present". bath.ac.uk. University of Bath. Retrieved 18 February 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
External links
 Personal web page
 Number Theory and Algebraic Geometry  to Peter SwinnertonDyer on his 75th birthday, edited by Miles Reid and Alexei Skorobogatov, LMS Lecture Notes 303, Cambridge University Press, 2004 ISBN 0521545188
 Weisstein, Eric W., "Birch/SwinnertonDyer Conjecture", MathWorld.
 Weisstein, Eric W., "SwinnertonDyer Polynomial", MathWorld.
 Peter SwinnertonDyer interviewed by Alan Macfarlane 12 May 2008 (film)
Baronetage of England  

Preceded by Leonard Schroeder Swinnerton Dyer 
Baronet (of Tottenham) 1975–present 
Incumbent 
Academic offices  
Preceded by Edwin Ernest Rich 
Master of St Catharine's College, Cambridge 1973–1983 
Succeeded by Barry Supple 
Preceded by Sir Alan Cottrell 
ViceChancellor of the University of Cambridge 1979–1981 
Succeeded by Sir Harry Hinsley 
 Use British English from May 2015
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 Use dmy dates from October 2010
 1927 births
 Living people
 Fellows of the Royal Society
 English mathematicians
 Baronets in the Baronetage of England
 Alumni of Trinity College, Cambridge
 Fellows of Trinity College, Cambridge
 Fellows of St Catharine's College, Cambridge
 Masters of St Catharine's College, Cambridge
 British contract bridge players
 Members of the Department of Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics
 ViceChancellors of the University of Cambridge