Indian-origin Manjul Bhargava wins ‘Nobel prize of Maths’

Manjul Bhargava, a professor of mathematics at Princeton University, was among the four winners who have been the Fields Medal, given out every four years

Nobel prize of Maths:

Two scholars of Indian origin have won prestigious global awards in the field of mathematics with one of them were awarded the Fields Medal – known as the “Nobel Prize of mathematics”.


Manjul Bhargava won the Fields Medal while Subhash Khot won the Rolf Nevanlinna Prize, awarded by the International Mathematical Union (IMU), the International Congress of Mathematicians 2014, held in Seoul.

Manjul Bhargava, a professor of mathematics at Princeton University, was one of four winners who have been awarded the Fields Medal, given every four years.

Iranian-born mathematician and a professor at Stanford University Mirzakhani Maryam became the first woman to win the Fields Medal this year.

Mr. Bhargava was awarded the Fields Medal for “the development of powerful new methods of geometry of numbers, which he applied to count the rings of small range and connects the average rank of elliptic curves.”

According to the award citation, the work of Mr. Bhargava “is based both on a deep understanding of the representations of arithmetic groups and a unique blend of algebraic and analytic experience.”

Subhash Khot was awarded the Nevanlinna Prize for his “prescient definition of a problem in the ‘Unique Games” and leading the effort to understand its complexity and its fundamental role in the study of efficient approximation of optimization problems. ”

His work has led to major advances in the design of approximation algorithms and hardness and new interesting interactions between computational complexity, analysis and geometry.

Mr Khot is a professor in the Department of Computer Science at the Courant Institute of New York University Mathematical Sciences. Holds a Ph.D. from Princeton.

Born in 1974 in Canada, Manjul Bhargava grew in the USA and he spent much time in India. He received his Ph.D. in 2001 at Princeton University and became a professor in 2003.

Mr. Bhargava Honors include Merten Hasse Prize of the Mathematical Association of America (2003), the SASTRA Ramanujan Prize (2005), the Cole Prize in Number Theory of the American Mathematical Society (2008) and the Infosys Prize (2012) .

He was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2013.

The Fields Medals were initiated in 1936 and the Nevanlinna Prize in 1982.

The Fields Medal is awarded on the occasion of the International Congress of Mathematicians to recognize outstanding mathematical achievement for existing work and the promise of future progress.

The candidates in contention for the medal should be below 40 years.

The Rolf Nevanlinna Prize is awarded once every four years at the International Congress of Mathematicians, for outstanding contributions in mathematical aspects of information science, including all mathematical aspects of computer science, including complexity theory, logic of programming languages​​, analysis of algorithms, cryptography, computer vision, pattern recognition, information processing and intelligence modeling and scientific computing and numerical analysis.


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