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Alain Connes

Alain Connes (born 1947) is a French mathematician, currently Professor at the College de France (Paris, France), IHES (Bures sur Yvette, France) and Vanderbilt University (Nashville, Tennessee). He is a specialist of Von Neumann algebras and succeeded in completing the classification of factors of these objects.

The remarkable links between this subject, the tools he and others devised to tackle the problem and other subjects in theoretical physics, particle physics, differential geometry, made him emphasize Noncommutative geometry (name of his major book to date).

He was awarded the Fields Medal in 1982 and the Crafoord Prize in 2001.

See Cyclic homology, Von Neumann Algebra/Factors, Higgs boson, C-star-algebra, M Theory, Groupoid, Jean Louis Loday.

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