Sarnak receives major mathematics award
Posted January 7, 2005; 11:22 a.m.
Peter Sarnak has been awarded one of the highest honors in mathematics, the American Mathematical Society's Frank Nelson Cole Prize in Number Theory.
The award, which is given every three years, carries a $5,000 prize and was presented to Sarnak Jan. 6 at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in Atlanta, Ga. The American Mathematical Society cited Sarnak for his "fundamental contributions to number theory," including his book "Random Matrices: Frobenius Eigenvalues and Monodromy," which he co-wrote with Nicholas Katz, Princeton professor of mathematics.
"The philosophy the book presents has had a major impact on the direction of work in analytic number theory," according to the mathematical society. The society also cited two papers by Sarnak, "in which this philosophy is tested in a more difficult specific case."
Sarnak, the Eugene Higgins Professor of Mathematics at Princeton, also is a professor at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at New York University. He received his Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1980 and came to Princeton in 1991. He chaired Princeton's mathematics department from 1996 to 1999.
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