Akshay Venkatesh, Distinguished Visiting Professor in the School of Mathematics, has been awarded the 2017 Ostrowski Prize. The prize, which was established in 1989, is awarded every two years to a scientist or group of scientists who have achieved the best achievements in the field of pure mathematics or in the theoretical foundations of numerical mathematics. Venkatesh is honored for his groundbreaking work in number theory, the theory of automorphic forms and representation theory, homogeneous dynamics, and arithmetic geometry. Venkatesh is notable for his originality and his ability to synthesize between different fields, bringing conceptually new tools to bear against long-standing problems with striking consequences.
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