Thomas William Körner

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Thomas William Körner
Born (1946-02-17) 17 February 1946 (age 73)
Residence Cambridge, England
Alma mater Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge
Awards Salem Prize (1972)
Scientific career
Institutions University of Cambridge
Thesis Some Results on Kronecker, Dirichlet and Helson Sets  (1971)
Doctoral advisor Nicholas Varopoulos

Thomas William Körner (born 17 February 1946) is a British pure mathematician and the author of school books. He is titular Professor of Fourier Analysis in the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Trinity Hall. He is the son of the philosopher Stephan Körner and of Edith Körner.

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He studied at Trinity Hall, Cambridge, and wrote his PhD thesis Some Results on Kronecker, Dirichlet and Helson Sets there in 1971, studying under Nicholas Varopoulos. [1] In 1972 he won the Salem Prize. [2]

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The Salem Prize, founded by the widow of Raphael Salem, is awarded to young mathematicians judged to have done outstanding work in Salem's field of interest, primarily the theory of Fourier series. The prize is considered highly prestigious and many Fields Medalists previously received Salem prize. The prize was 5000 French Francs in 1990.

He has written four academic mathematics books aimed at undergraduates:

He has also written two books aimed at secondary school students, the popular 1996 title The Pleasures of Counting and Naive Decision Making (published 2008) on probability, statistics and game theory.

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  1. Thomas William Körner, The Mathematics Genealogy Project
  2. The Salem Prize until 2003
  3. Brown, Gavin (1989). "Review: Fourier analysis, by T. W. Körner". Bull. Amer. Math. Soc. (N.S.). 21 (2): 307–311. doi:10.1090/s0273-0979-1989-15838-2.