Tomorrow, April 6, 2010, André Néron will have been dead for 25 years.
In spite of the weight of his work on abelian varieties, I've only been able to ascertain the following information:
- His birth and death dates (born November 30, 1922)
- In 1943 he graduated from the École Normale. He got his doctorate in 1951 and his advisor was Châtelet (though not at any particular school, just somewhere in Paris according to German Wikipedia) and his only student was Colliot-Thélène at Orsay (shared with Swinnerton-Dyer)
- He was employed at Poitiers. It also seems that in 1953 when he was inducted into the Société Mathématique de France he was listed as being at Orsay. In years 59-60 he was at the IAS and in 1954 he was an invited speaker at the ICM in Amsterdam.
That's pretty much what I found. And all that does is hint that there's a really fantastic story in there!
What happened during the war?
How did he get back to mathematics?
Who else did he work with (not just publish papers with, MathSciNet suggests his only collaborators were Serge Lang and Pierre Samuel)?
Why so few students? Was he difficult to get along with or was it just a sign of the times?
Why did he die at age 62?
If you have any data or stories about him, please leave them here, one answer per.