Native American Mathematician Receives First Ciprian Foias Prize in Operator Theory


The American Mathematical Society (AMS) has unanimously nominated eminent Indian-American mathematician Nikhil Srivastava for the first Ciprian Foias Prize in Operator Theory.

According to a press release, the award recognizes groundbreaking work in the development and introduction of techniques for understanding the characteristic polynomial of matrices, including the iterative sparsification method which also associates with Batson and the interleaving process of matrices. polynomials.

Along with Srivastava, who teaches at the University of California at Berkeley, Adam Marcus and Daniel Spielman are the other two recipients. At the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Adam Marcus holds the chair of combinatorial analysis. Spielman is the Sterling Professor of Computer Science, a statistician and data scientist, and a mathematician.

“Together, these ideas have provided a powerful toolkit with many applications, most notably in the trio’s groundbreaking paper ‘Interlacing families II: mixed feature polynomials and the Kadison-Singer problem’ (Annals of Mathematics, 2015), which solves the famous ’tiling problem’ in operator theory, formulated by Richard Kadison and Isadore Singer in 1959,” reported PTI quoting AMS.

Remarks from three winners on the AMS Awards

The three winners said in a joint statement that they would receive the award on behalf of many others who had worked to find the solution to the Kadison-Singer problem.

They added that their participation was the end of an incredible story that they hope could encourage similar solutions for difficult problems in the future.

Professor Srivastava and the other two winners will receive the award on January 5, 2022, at the Joint Mathematics Meeting in Seattle, which has been dubbed “the world’s largest mathematics meeting”.

Srivastava has now received the Ciprian Foias Prize for the third time after jointly winning the George Polya Prize in 2014 and the Held Prize in 2021.

Nikhil Srivastava was born in New Delhi, the Indian capital. In 2005, he graduated with highest honors with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Computer Science from Union College in Schenectady, New York. In 2010, he obtained a doctorate. in computer science from Yale University.

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