Peter Sarnak

School of Mathematics
Number Theory and Analysis
Field of Study
Number Theory and Analysis

Peter Sarnak has made major contributions to number theory and to questions in analysis motivated by number theory. His interest in mathematics is wide-ranging, and his research focuses on the theory of zeta functions and automorphic forms with applications to number theory, combinatorics, and mathematical physics.

Dates at IAS

Faculty: Mathematics


Member: Mathematics

1/20077/2007 Spring

Member: Mathematics


Member: Mathematics

1/20026/2002 Spring

Member: Mathematics

9/200012/2000 Fall

Member: Mathematics

Stanford University Ph.D., 1980
University of the Witwatersrand B.Sc., 1974
Awards: Wolf Prize in Mathematics 2014; Mathematical Association of America, Lester Ford Prize 2012; American Mathematical Society, Levi L. Conant Prize 2003, Frank Nelson Cole Prize 2005; Ostrowski Prize 2001; Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, George Pólya Prize 1998
Honorary Degrees: University of St. Andrews, Honorary Doctor of Science 2016; Shandong University, Honorary Doctorate 2014; The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Honorary Doctorate 2010
Memberships: Academia Europaea; American Philosophical Society; National Academy of Sciences; Royal Society of London
Princeton University 1991– Eugene Higgins Professor of Mathematics 2002–, Professor 1996–2002, Chair of the Department of Mathematics 1996–99, Henry Burchard Fine Professor 1995–96, Professor 1991–95
Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University 2001–2005 Professor
Stanford University 1987–1991 Professor
Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University 1980–1983 Associate Professor 1983, Assistant Professor 1980–83