Influential Vietnamese: Ngo Bao Chau and the Fundamental Lemma
In 2009, Vietnamese-born Ngô Bao Châu found himself in TIME magazine as the man responsible for one of the top 10 scientific discoveries of 2009.
The proof to the fundamental lemma. I’ve tried my best to digest the basics of the theory, but since it has been over ten years since my last math class (Calculus D), everything looks like a foreign language. From what I’ve gathered, Ngo’s proof is an extremely important bridge between number theory and group theory.
So great is Ngo’s discovery that Robert Fefferman, Dean of the Physical Sciences Division at the University of Chicago, deems Ngo “one of the great mathematicians of our time.” Consequently, Ngo has been appointed a faculty position at the prestigious University of Chicago.
Ngo is 37 years old (despite is youthful appearance). Ngo received is PhD from the Université Paris-Sud in 1997 and is currently a member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey. Read more about Ngo’s appointment at UChicago here.
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