At its June, 2016 graduate ceremony, the University of St. Andrews awarded Professor Peter Sarnak with an honorary degree. Professor Sarnak was one of nine distinguished recipients this year.
Professor Amit Singer has been named a National Finalist for Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists. The Blavatnik Family Foundation, with the guidance of the New York Academy of Sciences, founded the Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists in 2007 to celebrate the innovative achievements of young postdoctoral and faculty scientists who work in New York, New Jersey, or Connecticut.
With this award, titled New Techniques for High Dimensional Systems, Marcus will work to develop a theory of ''finite free probability,'' a collection of ideas lying in the intersection of random matrix theory, convex optimization, real algebraic geometry, and polynomial geometry, and to generalize the previously mentioned techniques so as to widen their potential application.
Join Professor Manjul Bhargava *01 for a question and answer session after the 6:45 p.m. screening of The Man Who Knew Infinity at the Princeton Garden Theater, Friday, May 13. Professor Bhargava is an Associate Producer of the film, which opened in select cities on April 29 and begins its run at the Garden theater this Friday. For tickets and more information visit: http://thegardentheatre.com
Professor Peter Ozsváth *94 has been elected a Foreign Member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences for his work in the topology of 3- and 4-dimensional manifolds and his proof of the Thom conjecture with Professor Zoltán Szabó.
Yuliy Sannikov '00, professor of economics and former math major, receives John Bates Clark Medal in Economics
Yuliy Sannikov '00, a professor of economics who received is A.B. in mathematics at Princeton, has been awarded the 2016 John Bates Clark Medal by the American Economic Association (AEA). The award recognizes an economist under age 40 who has made significant contributions to the field.
Professor János Kollár Receives 2016 Nemmers Prize and is Named Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Congratulations to Professor Kollár, who has been awarded the 2016 Frederic Esser Nemmers Mathematics Prize for "his fundamental contributions to algebraic geometry, including the minimal model program and its applications, the theory of rational connectedness and the study of real algebraic varieties." The Nemmers Prizes are awarded every other year by Northwestern University in the fields of Economics, Mathematics, Medical Sciences, and Music.
The results from the 2016 William Lowell Putnam competition are in, and we are proud to announce that Princeton's team of Rodrigo Angelo, Andre Arslan and Eric Schneider came in 3rd place. Individually, Senior Bumsoo Kim finished in the top 6, and Xiaoyu Xu was in the top 16. Andre Arslan and Zhuo Qun Song finished in the top 26, and Arka Adhikari, Rodrigo Angelo, Eric Neyman, Tim Ratigan, Eric Schneider, Mel Shu each received honorable mention.
The Mathematics Department has just been informed of the passing of Professor Emeritus John C. Moore, who died on January 1st at the age of 92. He was considered a leading figure in the areas of homotopy theory and homological algebra.