Competition: US & Canada
Manjul Bhargava earned his A.B. in Mathematics from Harvard University in 1996 and Ph.D. from Princeton University in 2001. After a year each at the Institute for Advanced Study and Harvard University, he joined the faculty at Princeton University as Professor of Mathematics in 2003.
His research focuses on number theory, i.e., the study of whole numbers and the equations that they satisfy, using varied techniques from algebra, analysis, and geometry. He holds particular interests in arithmetic statistics and in the theory of quadratic and higher degree forms, number fields, class groups, and ranks of elliptic curves. Bhargava also has made significant contributions to the public popularization of mathematics, and held the first Distinguished Chair for the Public Dissemination of Mathematics at the National Museum of Mathematics in 2018.
He is the recipient of the MAA Merten Hasse Prize for Mathematical Exposition in 2003, the SASTRA Ramanujan Prize and the Clay Research Award in 2005, the AMS Cole Prize in Number Theory in 2008, the Fermat Prize and the Infosys Prize in 2012, and the Fields Medal in 2014. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.