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Heisuke Hironaka

Heisuke Hironaka
Born (1931-04-09) April 9, 1931
Yuu-chō, Kuga-Gun, Yamaguchi, Japan
(modern-day Iwakuni, Yamaguchi, Japan)
Nationality Japanese
Fields Mathematics
Institutions Brandeis University
Harvard University
Columbia University
Kyoto University
Alma mater Kyoto University, (Undergraduate and Master's Degree)
Harvard University, (PhD)
Doctoral advisor Oscar Zariski
Doctoral students William Haboush
Allen Tannenbaum
Bernard Teissier
Notable awards Asahi Prize (1967)
Fields Medal (1970)

Heisuke Hironaka (広中 平祐 Hironaka Heisuke, born April 9, 1931) is a Japanese mathematician. He entered Kyoto University in 1949. After completing his undergraduate studies at Kyoto University, he received his Ph.D. in 1960 from Harvard while under the direction of Oscar Zariski.[1][2] He was awarded the Fields Medal in 1970.[3]

He is celebrated for proving in 1964 that singularities of algebraic varieties admit resolutions in characteristic zero. This means that any algebraic variety can be replaced by (more precisely is birationally equivalent to) a similar variety which has no singularities. He also introduced Hironaka's example showing that a deformation of Kähler manifolds need not be Kähler.

Hironaka was for many years a Professor of mathematics at Harvard University (1968-1992) but currently lives in Japan. He held teaching positions at Brandeis University (1960-1963), Columbia University (1964) and Kyoto University (1975-1988).[4] He was a president of Yamaguchi University (1996-2002).[5] He has been active in raising funds for causes such as mathematical education.

List of books available in English

  • Formal functions and formal imbeddings / by Heisuke Hironaka and Hideyuki Matsumura (1967)
  • On the characters \nu and \tau of singularities / by Heisuke Hironaka
  • Introduction to the theory of infinitely near singular points / Heisuke Hironaka (1974)
  • The theory of the maximal contact / José M. Aroca, Heisuke Hironaka and José L. Vicente (1975)
  • Desingularization theorems / Jose M. Aroca, Heisuke Hironaka and Jose L. Vicente (1977)
  • Geometric singularity theory / editors of the volume, Heisuke Hironaka, Stanisław Janeczko (2004)


  1. ^ "Meet the 2011 Centennial Medalists".  
  2. ^ "GSAS ALUMNI".  
  3. ^ "Fields Medallists".  
  4. ^ "Professor Emeritus".  
  5. ^ "Former President of Yamaguchi University".  

External links

  • Heisuke Hironaka at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
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  • Jackson, Allyn; Interview with Heisuke Hironaka; Notices of the American Mathematical Society; vol. 52, no. 9 (October 2005).
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