Indian-origin mathematician Manjul Bhargava on 13 August 2014 was awarded the prestigious Fields Medal at the International Mathematical Union’s (IMU) International Congress of Mathematicians in Seoul, Korea. Bhargava was awarded the medal for developing powerful new methods in geometry of numbers.
The new method was applied by him to count rings of small rank and to bind the average rank of elliptic curves.
Apart from Manjul Bhargava, the medals was also given in three other fields and they were
• Maryam Mirzakhani, the first Iranian and the first ever woman to be awarded. She works at Stanford University, US
• Artur Avila, the first Brazilian and Latin American to be awarded. He is a professor from the University of Warwick, UK
• Martin Hairer, the first Austrian to win the medal. He earned his PhD in dynamical systems at the age of 21
The medal for 2014 recognized outstanding mathematical achievement for existing work and for the promise of future achievement. The prestigious Fields Medal is also known as the Nobel Prize for mathematics.
About Manjul Bhargava
• Bhargava is a Canadian-American professor of mathematics at Princeton University since 2003 and specializes in number theory
• He is the second youngest professor at the Princeton University
• He is also an accomplished tabla player and was trained under Ustad Zakir Hussain
• He was born in 1974 in Canada and grew up in the US. He spent some time in India
• He won the Fermat Prize for Mathematics in 2011 along with Arul Shankar
About Fields Medal
The Fields Medal was established by Canadian mathematician John Fields and is regarded as Nobel Prize for mathematics. A winner receives 15000 Canadian dollar (£8,000) cash prize. These medals are presented at the International Congress of Mathematicians that is held every four years.