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Heisuke Hironaka is a mathematician whose work on the resolution of singularities and the study of analytic spaces has broken major ground.
With academic posts in both Japan and the United States, he has been an important force in the promotion of scientific understanding and progress between these two nations.
Hironaka graduated from Kyoto University in mathematics and went on to study at Harvard University, where he obtained a Ph.D. in mathematics in 1960.
Professor Hironaka has held a number of prestigious academic posts in the United States including at Brandeis University, Columbia University, and at Harvard University, a post he holds to this day.
For his contributions to the advancement of mathematical sciences, Hironaka has been elected a member of a number of learned societies including the Japan Academy, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the French Academy of Sciences.
He has also received a range of awards and honours in both Japan and abroad for his specific achievements. During his distinguished career, Hironaka has authored a long list of scientific papers and monographs, including Discovery of Knowledge (1982, in Japanese).
Published in 1993