Past Professor

Jean Bourgain

School of Mathematics

Jean Bourgain’s work touches on many central topics of mathematical analysis: the geometry of Banach spaces, harmonic analysis, ergodic theory, spectral problems, and nonlinear partial differential equations from mathematical physics. His contributions have solved longstanding problems in convexity theory and harmonic analysis such as Mahler’s conjecture and the lambda-p set problem. His work has had important consequences in theoretical computer science, group expansion, spectral gaps, and the theory of exponential sums in number theory, including a complete solution of Vinogradov’s theorem in analytic number theory after more than eighty years. In Hamiltonian dynamics, he developed the theory of invariant Gibbs measures and quasi-periodicity for the Schrödinger equation.

Fields Medalist, 1994

Dates at IAS
  • Mathematics
Vrije Universiteit Brussel Habilitation, 1979
Vrije Universiteit Brussel Ph.D., 1977
Awards: AMS Steele Prize for Lifetime Achievement 2018; Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics 2017; Academia Nazionale dei Lincei, Antonio Feltrinelli International Prize for Mathematics 2016; Belgian Federal Government, Baron 2015; Crafoord Prize in Mathematics 2012; Shaw Prize in Mathematics 2010; Ukraine Academy of Sciences, Vernadsky Gold Medal 2010; Fields Medal 1994; Ostrowski Prize 1991; Élie Cartan Prize 1990; Académie des Sciences, Institut de France, Langevin Prize 1985; A. De Leeuw-Damry-Bourlart Prize 1985; National Fund for Scientific Research, Belgium, Empain Prize 1983
Memberships: Academia Europaea; Académie des Sciences, Institut de France; National Academy of Sciences; Polish Academy of Sciences; Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences
University of California, Irvine 2016 Distinguished Visiting Professor
University of California, Berkeley 2012 Chern Visiting Professor
University of Illinois 1985–2006 J. L. Doob Professor of Mathematics
Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques 1985–1995 Professor
Vrije Universiteit Brussel 1981–1985 Professor
National Fund for Scientific Research, Belgium 1975–1981 Research Fellow