Born in Cambridge to a Professor of Divinity at the University of Oxford, I attended both the King's College School and The Leys School.
With a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Merton College, Oxford, I eventually earned a Ph.D. at Clare College, Cambridge, working with John Coates on elliptic theory via the methods of Iwasawa theory.
As a Professor of Number Theory at Princeton, I worked with Barry Mazur on the main conjecture of Iwasawa theory over the rational numbers, and helped generalized this result to totally real fields.
Then, for seven years, I worked in secrecy, dedicating all of my research time to a proof of a limited form of the modularity theorem...presenting my proof at a Cambridge conference.
This proof basically solved the infamous Fermat's Last Theorem...but an error was found, then corrected after a long tough year of frustration.
In 2011, I returned to England to become a Royal Society Research Professor at Oxford.
My claims to fame...having asteroid 9999 named after me, being mentioned on a Star Trek episode, being mentioned in a Tom Lehrer song, and being the focus of a song by the rock group BATS.
Andrew Wiles (1953 - )