Bhargav Bhatt Awarded Frederic Esser Nemmers Prize in Mathematics

Bhargav Bhatt, Fernholz Joint Professor in the School of Mathematics, has received the Frederic Esser Nemmers Prize in Mathematics. He is cited for his “revolutionary contributions to algebraic geometry in mixed characteristic through a new synthesis of ideas in topology, algebra and arithmetic.”

Bhatt’s affiliation with IAS goes back to his initial time as a Member (2012–14) where he worked on algebraic geometry and number theory. Since then, Bhatt has made a name for himself in the field of commutative algebra, and has made important contributions to derived geometry, birational geometry, and especially p-adic Hodge theory—areas Bhatt became interested in while engineering bridges.

The Nemmers Prizes—which includes Earth sciences, economics, and mathematics—are named for the family of Erwin Nemmers, a former faculty member at Northwestern University. The family’s generous contribution to the university includes the Prizes and four endowed professorships in the Kellogg School of Management.  

The prize carries with it a monetary award of $200,000 and the opportunity to collaborate with Northwestern faculty and students.