Courtesy: International Mathematical Union
Indian-Origin Manjul Bhargava Wins 'Nobel Prize of Mathematics'
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Indian-origin mathematician Manjul Bhargava won the Fields Medal -- known as the "Nobel Prize of mathematics."

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

Another Indian-origin academician Subhash Khot won the Rolf Nevanlinna Prize, awarded by the International Mathematical Union (IMU), at the International Congress of Mathematicians 2014 held in Seoul.

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

Bhargava was awarded the Fields Medal for "developing powerful new methods in the geometry of numbers, which he applied to count rings of small rank and to bound the average rank of elliptic curves."

According to the award citation, Bhargava's work is "based both on a deep understanding of the representations of arithmetic groups and a unique blend of algebraic and analytic expertise."

Khot was awarded the Nevanlinna Prize 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."

His work has led to breakthroughs in algorithmic design and approximation hardness and to new exciting interactions between computational complexity, analysis and geometry.

Khot is a professor in the Computer Science Department at New York University's Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences. He has a PhD from Princeton.

Born in 1974 in Canada, Bhargava grew up in the US and also spent much time in India. He received his PhD in 2001 from Princeton University and became a professor there in 2003.

Bhargava's honours include the 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 US National Academy of Sciences in 2013. The Fields Medals were started in 1936 and the Nevanlinna Prize in 1982.

The Fields Medal is awarded on the occasion of the International Congress of Mathematicians to recognise outstanding mathematical achievement for existing work and for the promise of future achievement. The candidates in fray for the medal must be below the age of 40.

The Rolf Nevanlinna Prize is awarded once every four years at the International Congress of Mathematicians, for outstanding contributions in Mathematical Aspects of Information Sciences 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 modelling of intelligence as well as scientific computing and numerical analysis.

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Aug 14, 2014
09:47 PM

Hey Outlook.. you forgot to mention.

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Raja, Delhi
Aug 13, 2014
02:46 PM

This article betrays the typically shoddy Indian journalism at work. Parts of this article have clearly been lifted from the BBC news article on Manjul Bhargava:

What's more, the author (Yoshita Singh) has edited the BBC article to display a stronger Indian-link of Bhargava than there actually is. Consider this:

Original version:

"Born in 1974 in Canada, he grew up primarily in the US and spent some time in India. He has been teaching at Princeton since 2003."

Copied version:

"Born in 1974 in Canada, Bhargava grew up in the US and also spent much time in India. He received his PhD in 2001 from Princeton University and became a professor there in 2003."

Notice how *some* has been changed to *much*. I, for one, am not surprised by this modern day stenography in the service of NRIs displayed by Indian journalists.

Pankaj Vaishnavi, London
Aug 13, 2014
02:30 PM

"Indian origin" has now become an excuse for a failed education system.

Any MALE who achieves glory, Indian or foreign, deserves accolades.

The headlines is MISLEADING.

Misogynist, Chennai
Aug 13, 2014
01:41 PM

.... and yes, many many congratulations and respect!

Santosh Gairola
Hsinchu, Taiwan
Aug 13, 2014
12:27 PM

What you missed to mention is, this guy is a Sanskrit scholar also.

Santosh Gairola, Hsinchu
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