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Andrew Wiles elected to Royal Society of Canada

Mathematics Professor Andrew Wiles has been elected to the Royal Society of Canada, the Canadian Academy of the Sciences and Humanities. He will be inducted in a ceremony in Ottawa on Nov. 17.

Wiles, who joined the faculty in 1982 and is widely celebrated for his proof of Fermat's Last Theorem, was elected as a Fellow of the Academy of Science. He is one of only five Foreign Fellows named this year to Canada's senior national body of eminent scientists and scholars. Sixty new Fellows and one Specially Elected Fellow also will be inducted.

"The work and research accomplished by each of these distinguished men and women have had a profound impact on sciences and humanities in Canada," said William Leiss, Royal Society president. "The Society is proud to welcome them as Fellows, and in so doing to recognize and salute their outstanding contribution to their disciplines."

England, France, Germany and Israel are among other countries that have recognized Wiles for his outstanding contributions. Wiles is the Eugene Higgins Professor of Mathematics.

Contact: Justin Harmon (609) 258-3601

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