30 Sep Amalendu Krishna and Naveen Garg awarded the 2016 Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize for Mathematical Sciences
The Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize for Science and Technology is India's highest prize for excellence in science, mathematics and technology. The prize is given every year in seven categories to outstanding people in the fields of mathematics, physics, biology, chemistry, engineering, earth, atmospheric, ocean science, and medical sciences. The 2016 award for mathematical sciences was awarded to Amalendu Krishna of the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai for his work in algebraic geometry and to Naveen Garg of the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi for his work in algorithms and complexity theory. The prize carries a citation and a prize money of 5 lac Indian rupees.
Amalendu Krishna did his masters from the Indian Statistical Institute in 1996 and received his PhD from the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) in 2001. From 2001-2004 he was Hedrick Assistant Professor at the University of California, Los Angeles and in 2004/05 he was at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. Since then he has been at TIFR and is at present a professor in the school of mathematics. In 2015 he received the ICTP Ramanujan Prize for work in algebraic K-theory on algebraic cycles and the theory of motives. In 2011 he received the Swarnajayanti Prize in Mathematics in 2009 and the mathematics prize of the BM Birla Science Centre.
Naveen Garg is the current occupant of the Amar S. Gupta Chair for Decision Sciences at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi and is a professor in the Computer Science and Engineering Department at IIT Delhi. He did undergraduate there in 1987, and completed a PhD in 1994. Since 1997 he has been a member of the faculty at IIT Delhi. He was a postdoc and a member of the technical staff at MPI-Informatik, Saarbruecken from 1994 to 1997. He is also a co-director of the Indo-German Max-Planck Center for Computer Science (IMPECS).
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