Sir Peter Swinnerton-Dyer, 1927–2018

The Department was saddened by the death of Professor Sir Peter Swinnerton-Dyer Bt KBE FRS, on 26 December 2018, at the age of 91.

Sir Peter was a renowned mathematician specialising in number theory, the advanced study of the relationships and properties of numbers. He is best known for his part in the Birch and Swinnerton-Dyer Conjecture which he developed with Professor Bryan Birch FRS in the 1960s, and for his work on the Titan operating system, the successor at the Cambridge Computer Laboratory to the EDSAC2, on which he carried out the computations with Bryan Birch.

He later described himself on occasions as a computer scientist masquerading as a pure mathematician.

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