The Institute for Advanced Study has appointed Manjul Bhargava and Christopher A. Cole to its Board of Trustees. These appointments were effective May 6, 2017.
Manjul Bhargava, R. Brandon Fradd Professor of Mathematics at Princeton University and a Member (2001–02) in the Institute’s School of Mathematics, is a leading scholar in number theory with interests in combinatorics and representation theory. Bhargava was awarded the prestigious Fields Medal in 2014 for developing powerful new methods in the geometry of numbers. In addition to the Fields Medal, Bhargava has earned many accolades for his contributions to the field including the Infosys Prize (2012), Fermat Prize (2011), and the American Mathematical Society’s Cole Prize (2008). Additionally, he has received honorary doctorates from the University of Toronto (2016), Bates College (2015), and the Indian Institute of Technology Madras (2015). He is a Foreign Fellow of the Indian National Science Academy and member of both the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Prior to his position at Princeton University, Bhargava held visiting positions at the Mathematical Science Research Institute in Berkeley and Harvard University. He earned his Ph.D. from Princeton in 2001. Bhargava has been nominated by the School of Mathematics and succeeds Benedict Gross.
Christopher A. Cole is the founder and Chairman of Ardea Partners, an independent investment banking advisory firm based in New York, London, and Princeton. Previously, Cole served for thirty years at Goldman Sachs, most recently as Chairman of Investment Banking, where he served on the Firm’s Management Committee and Finance Committee. Cole was also on the Board of ICBC, the largest bank in China, as well as the Board of Trustees at Princeton University. He presently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Environmental Defense Fund. Cole graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Princeton University and also received a Master of Business Administration with distinction from Harvard University.