[Cryptography] Goro Shimura, 89, Mathematician RIP

John Young jya at pipeline.com
Mon May 20 11:37:24 EDT 2019

Goro Shimura, 89, Mathematician With Broad Impact, Is Dead


"His insights led to tools widely used in modern cryptography."

"A proof of a form of the Taniyama-Shimura conjecture would also 
prove Fermat's Last Theorem. In the 1990s, Andrew Wiles, then also at 
Princeton, figured out how to do just that, and Fermat's Last Theorem 
had finally been proved true.

Dr. Wiles, now at the University of Oxford in England, wrote in an 
email that the Taniyama-Shimura conjecture was "a fundamental pivot 
in the proof of Fermat's Last Theorem." The proof also employed other 
key results of Dr. Shimura's research, he said."

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