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Louis de Branges de Bourcia (born August 21, 1932 in Paris, France) is a French-American   
mathematician. He is the Edward C. Elliott Distinguished Professor of                     
Mathematics at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. He is best known             
for proving the long-standing Bieberbach conjecture in 1984, now called de                 
Branges' theorem. He claims to have proved several important conjectures in               
mathematics, including the Generalized Riemann Hypothesis (GRH).                           
Born to American parents who lived in Paris, de Branges moved to the U.S. in               
1941 with his mother and sisters. His native language is French. He did his               
undergraduate studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1949-53),             
and received a Ph.D. in mathematics from Cornell University (1953-7). His                 
advisors were Harry Pollard and Wolfgang Fuchs. He spent two years (1959-60) at           
the Institute for Advanced Study and another two (1961-2) at the Courant                   
Institute of Mathematical Sciences. He was appointed to Purdue in 1962.                   
An analyst, de Branges has made incursions into real, functional, complex,                 
harmonic (Fourier) and Diophantine analyses. As far as particular techniques and           
approaches are concerned, he is an expert in spectral and operator theories.