Andrew Wiles

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...Mathematics... is a bit like discovering oil. ... But mathematics has one great advantage over oil, in that no one has yet ... found a way that you can keep using the same oil forever.
Notices of the AMS (May 1997), 588.
I will stop here.
Concluding the lecture in which he claimed to have proved the Taniyama-Weil Conjecture for a class of examples, including those necessary to prove Fermat's Last Theorem. (1993)
I had this rare privilege of being able to pursue in my adult life, what had been my childhood dream.