Monday, March 26, 2007

Abel Prize for S.R.S. Varadhan

I would like to join Swarup and Guru in their celebration of Prof. Srinivasa Varadhan's winning this year's Abel Prize. The Science magazine's report on the award is here.

Srinivasa Varadhan, a researcher at New York University (NYU) in New York City, has won the 2007 Abel Prize for mathematics. The $975,000 award--bestowed by the Norwegian Academy of Sciences and Letters--honors Varadhan's contributions to the field of probability theory, a branch of mathematics concerned with the analysis of random phenomena. The Abel citation credits Varadhan for fundamental work that has "greatly expanded our ability to use computers to simulate and analyze the occurrence of rare events."

Fittingly, in the manner of a random event, the prize announcement on Thursday caught Varadhan by surprise. "It was a shock. I couldn't believe it. It's still like a dream," he told Science.

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  1. gaddeswarup said...

    I am very pleased. He is a very nice and humble person. If he had gone to Layola college instead of Presidency college, he would have become a great pure mahematician. Already in the famous PRV paper on Lie groups (Pathasarathy, Rangarao, Varadarajan), they credit him with a lot of help. From the time I was a research student in TIFR, I was told that Varadhan would go places.