Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Ramanujan Prize 2007 Awarded To Argentinian Mathematician

(Photo Caption: Jorge Lauret, Argentinian Mathematician. Source: http://www.abelprisen.no/en/)

Jorge Lauret, professor of mathematics at the Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Argentina, has been awarded the 2007 Srinivasa Ramanujan Prize "in recognition of his outstanding contributions to differential geometry and group representations".

The award ceremony was held on December 3, 2007 at Trieste, Italy. The Ramanujan Prize is awarded to outstanding young mathematicians from developing countries and is supported by the Niels Henrik Abel Memorial Fund through the participation of the International Mathematical Union.

The Prize carries a $10,000 cash award donated by the Niels Henrik Abel Memorial Fund.

The prize, set up by the International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) and the International Mathematical Union, is designed to honour researchers under 45 years of age who have conducted outstanding research in developing countries.

"Jorge Lauret has been awarded the prize in recognition of his outstanding contributions to differential geometry and group representation", says the prize selection committee.
Jorge Lauret works in the field of Riemannian geometry, especially on questions related to geometry and symmetry. A Riemannian manifold is an abstract mathematical space that can be "curved" in interesting ways –this curvature codes a lot of information about the structure of the space. Lauret has made several outstanding contributions to the study of such objects.

Members of the prize committee: Professor Le Dung Trang (chairman), Professor Bernt Øksendal, Professor Jacob Palis, Professor Peter Sarnak, Professor Srinivasa Varadhan.

The Award was established in 2005 by ICTP in cooperation with IMU (International Mathematical Union) in the name of Srinivasa Ramanujan, India's greatest mathematical genius (1887-1920) of the 19th century. He made outstanding contributions to the analytical theory of numbers, elliptic functions, continued fractions, and infinite series.


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