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Sir Peter Swinnerton-Dyer 1927-2018

Sir Peter Swinnerton-Dyer, distinguished academic and member of an ever-dwindling group of early-postwar international championship bridge players, passed away on December 26 according to the EBU. Swinnerton-Dyer played for Great Britain in the European championships twice, earning a second place in 1953 at Helsinki (partnering Dimmie Fleming on the only occasion in which Great Britain fielded an open team with a female player) and a fourth in 1962 at Beirut.

Recipient of a number of honours (Honorary D.Sc. from the University of Bath, Fellow of the Royal Society, Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, and more), Sir Peter gave up high-level bridge to focus on a very successful career as a mathematician, working as a professor, researcher, and academic administrator. As a mathematician, he was a leading expert in the field of number theory and coauthor of one of the best-known unsolved problems in geometry. As an administrator, he served in roles including vice-chancellor of the University of Cambridge, chairman of the University Grants Committee, and chief executive of the Universities Funding Council.

Announcement by the EBU: https://www.ebu.co.uk/node/3325

Obituary in the Daily Telegraph (not free): https://www.telegraph.co.uk/obituaries/2018/12/31/professor-sir-peter-swinnerton-dyer-expert-number-theory-co/

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