William P. Thurston, 1946--2012

@article{Gabai2015WilliamPT,
  title={William P. Thurston, 1946--2012},
  author={David Gabai and Steven P. Kerckhoff},
  journal={Notices of the American Mathematical Society},
  year={2015},
  volume={62},
  pages={1318-1332}
}
W illiam Paul Thurston, known universally as Bill, was an extraordinary mathematician whose work and ideas revolutionized many fields of mathematics, including foliations, Teichmüller theory, automorphisms of surfaces, 3-manifold topology, contact structures, hyperbolic geometry, rational maps, circle packings, incompressible surfaces, and geometrization of 3-manifolds. Bill’s influence extended far beyond his incredible insights, theorems, and conjectures; he transformed the way people think… 
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