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Professor S. S. Abhyankar Abhyankar Receives Honorary Degree

Professor Shreeram S. Abhyankar was awarded the degree "Docteur Honoris Causa" by the University of Angers in France on October 29, 1998. Honored for his scientific work in algebraic geometry and commutative algebra, he was commended at the ceremony by Professor Jean Michel Granger, who offered the following praise: "Your works are a constant source of reflection and inspiration to your colleagues because they advance our knowledge on some of the most difficult problems, and also because they reveal your unique vision of mathematics. Many are fascinated by your algorithmic approach, and many admire the depth of your works and results."

Abhyankar has served on the faculty of the Mathematics Department at Purdue since 1963 and in 1967 was named the Marshall Distinguished Professor of Mathematics. He is also interdisciplinary Professor of Industrial Engineering and Computer Science at Purdue. His research emphasizes constructive techniques and spans the areas of algebraic geometry, commutative algebra, local algebra, theory of functions of several complex variables, invariant theory, combinatorics, computer aided geometric design and robotics.

Abhyankar has received many awards for his work, including Purdue's Herbert Newby McCoy Award for best contribution to science in 1973, the Lester R. Ford Prize of the Mathematical Association of America in 1977, and the Medal of Honor from the University of Valladolid (Spain) in 1990. In 1978, the Mathematical Association of America awarded him the Chauvenet Prize for his article entitled "Historical Ramblings in Algebraic Geometry and Related Algebra" (American Mathematical Monthly, June 1976). Abhyankar is a Fellow of the Indian National Science Academy and the Indian Academy of Sciences.

For many years Abhyankar has maintained steady contact with French universities, including Ecole Normale Supérieur at Saint-Cloud, Strasbourg, Nice, Versailles, and most recently Angers, with its deeply rooted tradition in algebraic geometry.