Nitin Saxena

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Nitin Saxena
The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi presenting the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prizes for Mathematical Sciences to Dr. Nitin Saxena, Professor, IIT Kanpur, at a function in New Delhi on February 28, 2019.jpg
Nitin Saxena receiving Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize from Narendra Modi
Born (1981-05-03) 3 May 1981 (age 42)
Alma materIIT Kanpur
AwardsGödel Prize (2006)
Fulkerson Prize (2006)
Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize (2018)
Scientific career
Theoretical computer science
InstitutionsCWI Amsterdam
University of Bonn
IIT Kanpur
ThesisMorphisms of Rings and Applications to Complexity (2006)
Doctoral advisorManindra Agrawal

Nitin Saxena (born 3 May 1981[1]) is an Indian scientist in mathematics and theoretical computer science. His research focuses on computational complexity.

He attracted international attention for proposing the AKS Primality Test in 2002 in a joint work with Manindra Agrawal and Neeraj Kayal, for which the trio won the 2006 Fulkerson Prize, and the 2006 Gödel Prize. They provided the first unconditional deterministic algorithm to test an n-digit number for primality in a time that has been proven to be polynomial in n.[2] This research work came out as a part of his undergraduate study.

Early life and education[edit]

He is an alumnus of Boys' High School And College, Allahabad. He graduated with his B.Tech in Computer Science and Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur in 2002. He received his PhD from the Department of Computer Science and Engineering of the same institute in 2006 with the Dissertation titled "Morphisms of Rings and Applications to Complexity".[3]


He was awarded the Distinguished Alumnus Award of the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur in 2003 for his work in computational complexity theory. He was appointed at the Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) starting as a postdoc researcher from September 2006 onwards.[4] He was a Bonn Junior Fellow at the University of Bonn from Summer 2008 onwards.[1] He joined the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at IIT Kanpur as faculty in April 2013.[5][better source needed]

Saxena was awarded the 2018 Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize for his work in Algebraic Complexity Theory. One of the youngest awardees, Saxena’s research interests include Computational Complexity and Algebraic Geometry.[6]


  1. ^ a b Saxena's CV at University of Bonn Archived 24 August 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Agrawal, Manindra; Kayal, Neeraj; Saxena, Nitin (2004). "Primes is in P" (PDF). Annals of Mathematics. 160 (2): 781–793. doi:10.4007/annals.2004.160.781.
  3. ^ Saxena's PhD thesis Archived 16 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ [1][permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "Department of Computer Science and Engineering, IIT Kanpur". Retrieved 6 April 2013.
  6. ^ "Prof Nitin Saxena from IIT Kanpur awarded the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize 2018 for his work on algebraic circuits". 15 November 2018.

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