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Alan Baker (mathematician)

Alan Baker
Alan Baker
Born (1939-08-19) 19 August 1939
London, England
Nationality British
Fields Mathematics
Institutions University of Cambridge
Alma mater University College London
University of Cambridge
Thesis Some Aspects of Diophantine Approximation (1964)
Doctoral advisor Harold Davenport
Doctoral students John Coates
Yuval Flicker
Roger Heath-Brown
Richard Clive Mason
David Masser
Robert Odoni
Cameron Stewart
Known for Number theory
Diophantine equations
Notable awards Fields Medal (1970)
Adams Prize (1972)

Alan Baker, FRS (born 19 August 1939) is an English mathematician, known for his work on effective methods in Number theory, in particular those arising from transcendence theory.


Alan Baker was born in London on 19 August 1939. He was awarded the Fields Medal in 1970, at age 31. His academic career started as a student of Harold Davenport, at University College London and later at Cambridge. He was a visiting scholar at the Institute for Advanced Study in the fall of 1970.[1] He is a fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge.

His interests are in number theory, transcendence, logarithmic form, effective methods, Diophantine geometry and Diophantine analysis.

In 2012 he became a fellow of the American Mathematical Society.[2]


Baker generalized the Gelfond-Schneider Theorem, itself a solution to Hilbert's seventh problem.[3] Specifically, he showed that if \alpha_1,...,\alpha_n are algebraic numbers (besides 0 or 1), and if \beta_1,..,\beta_n are irrational algebraic numbers such that the set \{1,\beta_1,...,\beta_n\} are linearly independent over the rational numbers, then the number \alpha_1^{\beta_1}\alpha_2^{\beta_2}\cdots\alpha_n^{\beta_n} is transcendental.

Selected publications


  1. ^ Institute for Advanced Study: A Community of Scholars
  2. ^ List of Fellows of the American Mathematical Society, retrieved 2012-11-03.
  3. ^ Biography in Encyclopaedia Britannica.

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