Manjul Bhargava was awarded the prestigious Fields Medal, considered to be the Nobel Prize of mathematics, at a grand ceremony held in Seoul, Korea, on August 13, 2014. Officially called the International Medal for Outstanding Discoveries in Mathematics, it is awarded once every four years and regarded as the greatest honour a mathematician can receive.
His award citation described Bhargava's groundbreaking work in number theory as "based both on a deep understanding of the representations of arithmetic groups and a unique blend of algebraic and analytic expertise."
Bhargava, a mathematics professor at Princeton University, is driven by his search for artistic truth and beauty and is credited with some of the most profound recent discoveries in number theory, the branch of mathematics that studies the relationships between whole numbers.
In the past few years, he has made great strides toward understanding the range of possible solutions to equations known as elliptic curves, which have bedeviled number theorists for more than a century.
We are delighted to inform you that Outlook has picked up three prizes at the Red Ink awards, instituted by Press Club Mumbai, for outstanding journalism in 2013.
Photo editor Narendra Bisht won the first prize for photography on our story on the Muzaffarnagar riots
Senior Associate Editor Lola Nayar was runner-up in the business reporting category for her expose of the KG basin scam
Principal Correspondent Neha Bhatt was runner-up in the feature writing category for her story on Jabalpur as the suicide capital of India
The awards were presented in Bombay on Saturday, June 7
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Bangalore-born Vijay Seshadri, who moved to America at the age of five in 1959, has won the 2014 Pulitzer prize for poetry for his collection of poems 3 Sections (Graywolf Press), which was described by the jury as "a compelling collection of poems that examine human consciousness, from birth to dementia, in a voice that is by turns witty and grave, compassionate and remorseless."
Seshadri has received grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts, and has been awarded the Paris Review's Bernard F. Conners Long Poem Prize and the MacDowell Colony's Fellowship for Distinguished Poetic Achievement.
He holds an A.B. degree from Oberlin College and an M.F.A. from Columbia University. He currently teaches poetry and nonfiction writing at Sarah Lawrence College, and lives in Brooklyn with his wife and son.
With French Minister of Culture and Communication, Aurélie Filippetti. Photo courtesy: French Ministry of Culture
American musician Bob Dylan was awarded France's highest cultural award, the legion d'honneur or the "Legion of Honour" in a brief ceremony in the French ministry of Culture on November 13, 2013, which he had asked to be kept secret, with no media or cameras allowed.
The private ceremony was therefore confined only to 30 or so guests, 20 of whom were apparently Dylan fans chosen at random.
His proposed investiture had been attacked by General Jean-Louis Georgelin, the Grand Chancellor of the Legion, who said Dylan was “unworthy” because of his anti-war songs and smoking cannabis.