Oxford Mathematician Wins Sastra’s Ramanujan Prize

Published: 05th October 2014 06:04 AM  |   Last Updated: 05th October 2014 06:04 AM   |  A+A-


TIRUCHY:  The 2014 SASTRA Ramanujan Prize would be awarded to Dr James Maynard of Oxford University, England, and the University of Montreal, Canada  on December 22 at SASTRA university in Kumbakonam. A cash award of USD 10,000 would also be given to him.

A press release from SASTRA university said the SASTRA Ramanujan Prize, established in 2005, is

awarded annually for outstanding contributions by young mathematicians in the age limit of 32, in areas influenced by Srinivasa Ramanujan.

“This year, SASTRA Ramanujan Prize would be given to James Maynard (27), who received his Ph D from Oxford University and is currently a post doctorate at the University of Montreal, Canada and still holds a position at Oxford. In the last two years Maynard has obtained spectacular results in prime number theory, especially on the small gaps problem and just within the last few weeks he solved the famous problem of Paul Erdos on large gaps between primes. Thus he has taken the world of number theory by storm,” the release said.

The 2014 SASTRA Ramanujan Prize Committee consisted of Professors Krishnaswami Alladi - chair (University of Florida), Roger Heath-Brown (Oxford University), Winnie Li

(The Pennsylvania State University), David Masser (University of Basel), Barry Mazur (Harvard University), Peter Paule (Johannes Kepler University of Linz), and Michael Rapoport (University of Bonn), the press note added.


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