Manjul Bhargava to Give Plenary Address at Mathematics Conference

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., March 28, 2013—Manjul Bhargava, R. Brandon Fradd Professor of Mathematics at Princeton University, will give the plenary address at the 20th Anniversary Hudson River Undergraduate Mathematics Conference hosted at Williams College. The address will take place at 10:55 a.m. on Saturday, April 6, in the MainStage of the ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance. The event is free and open to the public.

Bhargava is a Canadian-American mathematician of Indian origin. He is an expert in number theory, the study of the properties and relationships of numbers. Bhargava has received numerous awards for his research. In 2012, he was awarded the Infosys Prize for his “extraordinary original work in algebraic number theory.” The same year he was also named an inaugural recipient of the Simons Investigator Award and became a fellow of the American Mathematical Society in its inaugural class of fellows. In 2011, he won the prestigious Fermat Prize.

Bhargava has many interests in addition to mathematics. He is a master of the tabla, a small Indian hand drum used to create music with rhythmic, precise patterns. He has also studied Sanskrit. Bhargava aims to popularize math for general audience and has published research in the field of linguistics.

Bhargava received his B.A. from Harvard University in 1996 and his Ph.D. from Princeton University in 2001.

The event is sponsored by the Department of Mathematics and Statistics.

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