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Thomas Wolff (July 14, 1954, New York City – July 31, 2000, Kern County) was a noted mathematician, working primarily in the fields of harmonic analysis, complex analysis, and partial differential equations. As an undergraduate at Harvard University he regularly played poker with his classmate Bill Gates. While a graduate student at the University of California, Berkeley from 1976 to 1979, under the direction of Donald Sarason, he obtained a new proof of the corona theorem, a famously difficult theorem in complex analysis. He was made Professor of Mathematics at Caltech in 1986, and was there from 1988–1992 and from 1995 to his death in a car accident in 2000. He also held positions at the University of Washington, University of Chicago, New York University, and University of California, Berkeley. [1] [2]

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Harmonic analysis Study of superpositions in mathematics

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Complex analysis Branch of mathematics studying functions of a complex variable

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He received the Salem Prize in 1985 and the Bôcher Memorial Prize in 1999, for his contributions to analysis and particularly to the Kakeya conjecture. [3] [4] He was an Invited Speaker at the International Congress of Mathematicians in 1986 in Berkeley [5] and in 1998 in Berlin. [6]

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.

The Bôcher Memorial Prize was founded by the American Mathematical Society in 1923 in memory of Maxime Bôcher with an initial endowment of $1,450. It is awarded every three years for a notable research memoir in analysis that has appeared during the past six years in a recognized North American journal or was authored by a member of the Society. This provision, introduced in 1971 and modified in 1993, is a liberalization of the terms of the award. The current award is $5,000.

The International Congress of Mathematicians (ICM) is the largest conference for the topic of mathematics. It meets once every four years, hosted by the International Mathematical Union (IMU).

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