Manjul Bhargava in 2014
|Born||8 August 1974|
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
|Alma mater||Harvard University (AB)|
Princeton University (PhD)
|Known for||Bhargava cube|
15 and 290 theorems
average rank of elliptic curves
|Awards||Fellow of the Royal Society (2019)|
Padma Bhushan (2015)
Fields Medal (2014)
Infosys Prize (2012)
Fermat Prize (2011)
Cole Prize (2008)
Clay Research Award (2005)
SASTRA Ramanujan Prize (2005)
Blumenthal Award (2005)
Hasse Prize (2003)
Morgan Prize (1996)
Hoopes Prize (1996)
Hertz Fellowship (1996)
University of Hyderabad
|Doctoral advisor||Andrew Wiles|
|Doctoral students||Alison Miller|
Melanie Wood
Manjul Bhargava  is a Canadian-American mathematician. He is the Brandon Fradd, Class of 1983, Professor of Mathematics at Princeton University, the Stieltjes Professor of Number Theory at Leiden University, and also holds Adjunct Professorships at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, and the University of Hyderabad. He is known primarily for his contributions to number theory.(born 8 August 1974)
Bhargava was awarded the Fields Medal in 2014. According to the International Mathematical Union citation, he was awarded the prize "for developing powerful new methods in the geometry of numbers, which he applied to count rings of small rank and to bound the average rank of elliptic curves".
Education and career
Bhargava was born in an Indian family in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, but grew up and attended school primarily in Long Island, New York. His mother Mira Bhargava, a mathematician at Hofstra University, was his first mathematics teacher. He completed all of his high school math and computer science courses by age 14. He attended Plainedge High School in North Massapequa, and graduated in 1992 as the class valedictorian. He obtained his B.A. from Harvard University in 1996. For his research as an undergraduate, he was awarded the 1996 Morgan Prize. Bhargava went on to pursue graduate studies at Princeton University, where he completed a doctoral dissertation titled "Higher composition laws" under the supervision of Andrew Wiles and received his Ph.D. in 2001, with the support of a Hertz Fellowship. He was a visiting scholar at the Institute for Advanced Study in 2001–02, and at Harvard University in 2002–03. Princeton appointed him as a tenured Full Professor in 2003. He was appointed to the Stieltjes Chair in Leiden University in 2010.
Bhargava is also an accomplished tabla player, having studied under gurus such as Zakir Hussain. He also studied Sanskrit from his grandfather Purushottam Lal Bhargava, a well-known scholar of Sanskrit and ancient Indian history. He is an admirer of Sanskrit poetry.
Career and research
His PhD thesis generalized Gauss's classical law for composition of binary quadratic forms to many other situations. One major use of his results is the parametrization of quartic and quintic orders in number fields, thus allowing the study of asymptotic behavior of arithmetic properties of these orders and fields.
His research also includes fundamental contributions to the representation theory of quadratic forms, to interpolation problems and p-adic analysis, to the study of ideal class groups of algebraic number fields, and to the arithmetic theory of elliptic curves. A short list of his specific mathematical contributions are:
- Fourteen new Gauss-style composition laws.
- Determination of the asymptotic density of discriminants of quartic and quintic number fields.
- Proofs of the first-known cases of the Cohen-Lenstra-Martinet heuristics for class groups.
- Proof of the 15 theorem, including an extension of the theorem to other number sets such as the odd numbers and the prime numbers.
- Proof (with Jonathan Hanke) of the 290 theorem.
- A novel generalization of the factorial function, Bhargava factorial, resolving a decades-old conjecture by George Pólya.
- Proof (with Arul Shankar) that the average rank of all elliptic curves over Q (when ordered by height) is bounded.
- Proof that most hyperelliptic curves over Q have no rational points.
Awards and honours
Bhargava has won several awards for his research, the most prestigious being the Fields Medal, the highest award in the field of mathematics, which he won in 2014.
Bhargava was conferred a Fellowship at the Royal Society in 2019.
In addition, he won the Morgan Prize and Hertz Fellowship in 1996, a Clay 5-year Research Fellowship, the Merten M. Hasse Prize from the MAA in 2003, the Clay Research Award in 2005, and the Leonard M. and Eleanor B. Blumenthal Award for the Advancement of Research in Pure Mathematics in 2005.
At mathematics he's at the very top end. For a guy so young I can't remember anybody so decorated at his age. He certainly started out with a bang and has not let it get to his head, which is unusual. Of course he couldn't do what he does if he wasn't brilliant. It's his exceptional talent that's so striking
He was named one of Popular Science magazine's "Brilliant 10" in November 2002. He won the $10,000 SASTRA Ramanujan Prize, shared with Kannan Soundararajan, awarded by SASTRA in 2005 at Thanjavur, India, for his outstanding contributions to number theory.
Bhargava's original and surprising contribution is the discovery of laws of composition on forms of higher degree. His techniques and insights into this question are dazzling; even in the case considered by Gauss, they lead to a new and clearer presentation of that theory
In 2009, he was awarded the Face of the Future award at the India Abroad Person of the Year ceremony in New York City. In 2014, the same publication, the most prestigious and most widely read of the diaspora publications, gave him a second prize, India Abroad Publisher's Prize for Special Excellence.
In 2011, he was awarded the Fermat Prize for "various generalizations of the Davenport-Heilbronn estimates and for his startling recent results (with Arul Shankar) on the average rank of elliptic curves".
He was awarded the 2012 Infosys Prize in mathematics for his "extraordinarily original work in algebraic number theory, which has revolutionized the way in which number fields and elliptic curves are counted".
In 2014, Bhargava was awarded the Fields Medal at the International Congress of Mathematicians in Seoul for "developing powerful new methods in the geometry of numbers, which he applied to count rings of small rank and to bound the average rank of elliptic curves".
In 2018 Bhargava was named as the inaugural occupant of The Distinguished Chair for the Public Dissemination of Mathematics at The National Museum of Mathematics (MoMath). This is the first visiting professorship in the United States dedicated exclusively to raising public awareness of mathematics.
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- Bhargava, Manjul (2004). "Higher Composition Laws I: A New View on Gauss Composition, and Quadratic Generalizations" (PDF). The Annals of Mathematics. 159: 217–250. doi:10.4007/annals.2004.159.217.
- Bhargava, Manjul (2004). "Higher Composition Laws II: On Cubic Analogues of Gauss Composition" (PDF). The Annals of Mathematics. 159 (2): 865–886. doi:10.4007/annals.2004.159.865.
- Bhargava, Manjul (2004). "Higher Composition Laws III: The Parametrization of Quartic Rings" (PDF). The Annals of Mathematics. 159 (3): 1329–1360. doi:10.4007/annals.2004.159.1329.
- Bhargava, Manjul (2005). "The density of discriminants of quartic rings and fields" (PDF). The Annals of Mathematics. 162 (2): 1031–1063. doi:10.4007/annals.2005.162.1031.
- Bhargava, Manjul (2008). "Higher composition laws IV: The parametrization of quintic rings" (PDF). The Annals of Mathematics. 167: 53–94. doi:10.4007/annals.2008.167.53.
- Bhargava, Manjul (2010). "The density of discriminants of quintic rings and fields" (PDF). The Annals of Mathematics. 172 (3): 1559–1591. arXiv:1005.5578. Bibcode:2010arXiv1005.5578B. doi:10.4007/annals.2010.172.1559.
- Bhargava, Manjul; Satriano, Matthew (2014). "On a notion of "Galois closure" for extensions of rings". Journal of the European Mathematical Society. 16 (9): 1881–1913. arXiv:1006.2562. doi:10.4171/JEMS/478. MR 3273311.
- Bhargava, Manjul; Shankar, Arul (2015). "Binary quartic forms having bounded invariants, and the boundedness of the average rank of elliptic curves". Annals of Mathematics. 181 (1): 191–242. arXiv:1006.1002. doi:10.4007/annals.2015.181.1.3. MR 3272925.
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