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Indian Mathematician Gets 2018 Ramanujan Prize

Professor Ritabrata Munshi of the Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata, and the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai, received the 2018 Ramanujam Prize for Young Mathematicians from Developing Countries. The International Center for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) conferred the award on Professor Ritabrata Munshi. The Ramanujan Prize is awarded annually to a researcher from a developing country who is less than 45 years of age. Researchers working in any branch of the mathematical sciences are eligible. The ICTP administers the award jointly with the Department of Science and Technology of India and the International Mathematical Union. The award recognizes Munshi’s outstanding work in number theory, a branch of pure mathematics that studies properties of integers, or numbers that do not have a fractional part. (Inputs from Asian Scientist Magazine)

Fields Medal

In 2018, the Fields Medal, often known as the Nobel Prize for Mathematics, was won by Akshay Venkatesh, an India-origin professor at Stanford University. Every four years, the Fields Medal is awarded to mathematicians who are 40 years or younger, and carries a cash prize of 15,000 Canadian-dollars.

The Fields Medal is awarded to recognize outstanding mathematical achievement for existing work and for the promise of future achievement.Professor Venkatesh, a 36-year-old Australian, is among four mathematicians to have received the award. The others are: Caucher Birkar, Alessio Figalli and Peter Scholze.

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