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Ken Ribet

Doctoral advisor
John Tate

Known for
Ribet's Theorem

Doctoral students

Notable students
Bjorn Poonen

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June 28, 1948 (age 67) (

Alma mater
Brown UniversityHarvard University

Similar People
Jean‑Pierre Serre, John Tate, Bjorn Poonen, Richard Feynman, Clifford Geertz

Notable awards

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Kenneth Alan "Ken" Ribet (; born June 28, 1948) is an American mathematician, currently a professor of mathematics at the University of California, Berkeley. His mathematical interests include algebraic number theory and algebraic geometry.


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Early life and family

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Kenneth Ribet was born to parents David Ribet and Pearl Ribet on June 28, 1948. He is married to mathematician/statistician Lisa Goldberg.


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As a student at Far Rockaway High School, Ribet was on a competitive mathematics team, but his first field of study was chemistry. He earned his bachelor's degree and master's degree from Brown University in 1969, and his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1973.


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Ribet is credited with paving the way towards Andrew Wiles's proof of Fermat's last theorem. Ribet proved that the epsilon conjecture formulated by Jean-Pierre Serre was indeed true, and thereby proved that Fermat's Last Theorem would follow from the Taniyama–Shimura conjecture. Crucially it also followed that the full conjecture was not needed, but a special case, that of semistable elliptic curves, sufficed. An earlier theorem of Ribet's, the Herbrand–Ribet theorem, the converse to Herbrand's theorem on the divisibility properties of Bernoulli numbers, is also related to Fermat's Last Theorem.

Awards and honors

Ribet received the Fermat Prize in 1989 jointly with Abbas Bahri.

In 1998, he received an honorary doctorate from Brown University. He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1997 and the National Academy of Sciences in 2000.

In 2012, he became a fellow of the American Mathematical Society.

He is president of the American Mathematical Society from 2017–2018.

In 2017, Ribet received the Brouwer Medal.


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