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The impact and influence of Jean-Pierre Serre's work have been notable ever since his doctoral thesis on homotopy groups. The abundance of deep results and insight contained in his research and survey papers ranging through topology, several complex variables, and algebraic geometry to number theory, group theory, commutative algebra and modular forms, will continue to provide inspiring reading for mathematicians working in these areas, in their research and their teaching.
Characteristic of Serre's publications are the many open questions he formulated pointing to further directions of research. In his four volumes he has provided comments on and corrections to most articles, and described the present status of the open questions with reference to later results.
Jean-Pierre Serre is one ofa fewmathematicians to have won the Fields medal, the Abel prize, and the Wolf prize.