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Prof. Elon Lindenstrauss - Winner of the Fields Medal in Mathematics, 2010

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Pro. Elon LindenstraussProf. Lindenstrauss earned his bachelor’s degree in mathematics and physics, and a master’s degree and Ph.D. in mathematics, all at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He won the Fields Medal in Mathematics, regarded as the equivalent of the Nobel Prize in that field, for his achievements in the area of measure rigidity in ergodic theory and their applications to number theory.

Prof. Lindenstrauss has made far-reaching advances in ergodic theory, the study of measure preserving transformations. His work on a conjecture of Furstenberg and Margulis concerning the measure rigidity of higher rank diagonal actions in homogeneous spaces has led to striking applications. Specifically, jointly with Einsiedler and Katok, he established the conjecture under a further hypothesis of positive entropy. It has impressive applications to the classical Littlewood Conjecture in the theory of diophantine approximation. Developing these as well other powerful ergodic theoretic and arithmetical ideas, Lindenstrauss resolved the arithmetic quantum unique ergodicity conjecture of Rudnick and Sarnak in the theory of modular forms. He and his collaborators have found many other unexpected applications of these ergodic theoretic techniques in problems in classical number theory. His work is exceptionally deep and its impact goes far beyond ergodic theory.

Prof. Elon Lindenstrauss was born in 1970. After receiving his Ph.D. at the Hebrew University he was a fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, .N.J., and worked at Stanford University and Princeton University in the US. He has been a professor at the Hebrew University since 2008.
IMU Prize Website - Prof. Lindenstrauss


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