Maths Nobel to an Indian-origin academic

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Indian-origin mathematician Manjul Bhargava has been honoured with the coveted Fields Medal. He is one among the total four recipients selected for the prize this year. The award, also called the Nobel equivalent for Mathematics, is presented every four year at the each International Congress of International Mathematical Union.

The Man

  • He is recognized 'for developing powerful new methods in geometry of numbers, which he applied to count rings of small rank and to bound the average rank of elliptic curves'.
  • He, a number theory expert, works as a professor of mathematics at Princeton University. 
  • The award honours extraordinary mathematical achievement for existing work and its future potential.

Other Three Awardees

  • Maryam Mirzakhani: She is the first woman and Iranian to win this prize. (She is a professor at the Stanford University)
  • Artur Avila: The first Brazilian to bag the medal.
  • Martin Hairer: The first Austrian to bag the medal.

Icing on the Cake

  • Subhash Khot, another Indian origin mathematician, made the day even better by clinching another honour known as Rolf Nevanlinna Prize at the same event.
  • He was recognized for his 'prescient definition of the "Unique Games" problem, and leading the effort to understand its complexity and its pivotal role in the study of efficient approximation of optimisation problems'. 
  • He is a professor in the Computer Science Department at New York University’s Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences.

About the Prizes

The Fields Medal

  • The award, officially called "International Medal for Outstanding Discoveries in Mathematics", was established by Canadian mathematician John Fields in 1936. 
  • It has a cash prize worth 15,000 Canadian dollar (approx 8 lakhs in Rupee).

The Rolf Nevanlinna Prize 

  • The award, instituted in 1982, comprise of a gold medal and cash reward.

Both the awards are presented every four years and have a maximum age limit of 40 years.

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