Indian-origin Bhargava bags award for geometry

Seoul: An Indian-origin mathematician has won prestigious global prizes in the field of mathematics with one of them being awarded the Fields Medal — known as the "Nobel Prize of mathematics".

Manjul Bhargava, a professor of mathematics at Princeton University, was yesterday conferred the Fields Medal at the International Congress of Mathematicians 2014, a press release issued by the Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences said.

Bhargava, born in 1974 in Canada, 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.

He is the recipient of the Mathematical Association of America prize in 2003, the SASTRA Ramanujan Prize in 2005, the Cole Prize in Number Theory of the American Mathematical Society in 2008 and the Infosys Prize in 2012.


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