William Paul Thurston (October 30, 1946August 21, 2012) was an American mathematician.

From 2003 until his death he was a professor of mathematics and computer science at Cornell University. ==Mathematical contributions== ===Foliations=== His early work, in the early 1970s, was mainly in foliation theory.

In 1982, he was awarded the Fields Medal for his contributions to the study of 3-manifolds.

From 2003 until his death he was a professor of mathematics and computer science at Cornell University. ==Mathematical contributions== ===Foliations=== His early work, in the early 1970s, was mainly in foliation theory.

William Paul Thurston (October 30, 1946August 21, 2012) was an American mathematician.

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