## About

Mathematician known for creating the modern theory of algebraic geometry. His generalization of the classical Riemann-Roch theorem launched the study of algebraic and topological K-theory.

## Before Fame

He studied mathematics at the University of Montpellier, but performed better when he studied independently.

## Trivia

He ceased his work in mathematics in 1970 to focus on political activism for eighteen years before becoming stateless and relocating to the Pyrenees.

## Family Life

His parents were anarchists who fled from Germany to France during World War II. His father died in the Auschwitz concentration camp.

## Associated With

He was awarded the Fields Medal in Mathematics in 1966, the same year as Paul Cohen.