Paulo Ribenboim


Paulo Ribenboim (born March 13, 1928) is a Brazilian-Canadian mathematician who specializes in number theory.

Paulo Ribenboim
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Ribenboim (left) with his two brothers in Recife
Born13 March 1928 (1928-03-13) (age 94)
Alma materUniversity of São Paulo
Known forRibenboim Prize
AwardsGeorge Polyá Award
Scientific career
InstitutionsQueen's University
Doctoral advisorJean Dieudonné
Doctoral studentsAndrew Granville


Ribenboim was born into a Jewish family in Recife, Brazil. He received his BSc in mathematics from the University of São Paulo in 1948, and won a fellowship to study with Jean Dieudonné in France at the University of Nancy in the early 1950s, where he became a close friend of Alexander Grothendieck.[1] He has contributed to the theory of ideals and of valuations.[2]

Ribenboim has authored 246 publications including 13 books. He has been at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, since the 1960s, where he remains a professor emeritus.

Jean Dieudonné was one of his doctoral advisors. Andrew Granville has been a doctoral student of Ribenboim.

The Ribenboim Prize of the Canadian Number Theory Association is named in his honor.

Personal lifeEdit

In 1951, Ribenboim married Huguette Demangelle, a French Catholic woman whom he met in France. The couple have two children and five grandchildren, and have lived in Canada since 1962.[3]


  • Paulo Ribenboim (1964) Functions, Limits, and Continuity , John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
  • Paulo Ribenboim (1969) Rings and Modules, Interscience Publishers.
  • Paulo Ribenboim. (1989). The Book of Prime Number Records. Springer. ISBN 978-0-387-97042-4.
  • Paulo Ribenboim. (1995). 13 Lectures on Fermat's Last Theorem. Springer-Verlag. ISBN 978-0-387-90432-0.
  • Paulo Ribenboim. (1996). The New Book of Prime Number Records. Springer-Verlag. ISBN 978-0-387-94457-9.
  • Collected Papers of Paulo Ribenboim. Queens Univ Campus. 1997. ISBN 978-0-88911-735-8.
  • Paulo Ribenboim. (1999). The Little Book of Big Primes. Springer-Verlag. ISBN 978-0-387-97508-5.
  • Paulo Ribenboim. (1999). The Theory of Classical Valuations. Springer-Verlag. ISBN 978-0-387-98525-1.
  • Paulo Ribenboim. (2000). My Numbers, My Friends: Popular Lectures on Number Theory. Springer-Verlag. ISBN 978-0-387-98911-2.
  • Paulo Ribenboim. (2000). Fermat's Last Theorem for Amateurs. Springer-Verlag. ISBN 978-0-387-98508-4.
  • Paulo Ribenboim. (2001). Classical Theory of Algebraic Numbers. Springer-Verlag. ISBN 978-0-387-95070-9.
  • Paulo Ribenboim. (2004). The Little Book of Bigger Primes. Springer-Verlag. ISBN 978-0-387-20169-6.
  • Paulo Ribenboim. (2016). Prime Numbers, Friends Who Give Problems: A Trialogue with Papa Paulo. World-Scientific. ISBN 978-9-814-72581-1.


  1. ^ Ribenboim, Paulo. "Excerpt from The Grothendieck I Knew: Telling, Not Hiding, Not Judging By Paulo Ribenboim". Notices of the American Mathematical Society (August 2019): 1069–1077. doi:10.1090/noti1909.
  2. ^ P. Ribenboim: Sur une conjecture de Krull en théorie des valuations. In: Nagoya Mathematical Journal, 9 (1955), S. 87–97, ISSN 0027-7630
  3. ^ O'Connor, John J.; Robertson, Edmund F., "Paulo Ribenboim", MacTutor History of Mathematics archive, University of St Andrews

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