Manjul Bhargava, an Indian origin Canadian-American has won the Fields Medal, known as ‘Nobel Prize of Mathematics’. Another Indian origin, Subhash Khot won the Rolf Nevanlinna Prize, awarded by the International Mathematical Union, IMU, at the International Congress of Mathematics 2014 held in Seoul.
Manjul Bhargava is a professor of Mathematics at Princeton University. He is one of the four winners of Fields Medal that is awarded every four years.
Iranian born mathematician and Stanford university professor Maryan Mirzakhani has also emerged as the first woman to win the Fields Award.
Mr 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 bind the average rank of elliptic curves.”
Bhargava’s mother, Mira Bhargava, is a mathematician at Hofstra University and his father a chemist. Bhargava was born in Hamilton, Ontario, but grew up in Long Island, New York. Manjul Bhargava completed all of his high school math and computer courses by age 14. He attended Plainedge High School, graduating in 1992 as the class valedictorian. He obtained his B.A. from Harvard University in 1996. For his research as an undergraduate, he was awarded the 1996 Morgan Prize. Bhargava went on to receive his doctorate from Princeton in 2001, supervised by Andrew Wiles. He was a visiting scholar at the Institute for Advanced Study in 2001-02. Princeton hired him at the rank of tenured full professor within only two years of finishing graduate school, which is considered a record in the Ivy League.