An Israeli Citizen David Kazhdan, Won The 2020 Shaw Prize In Mathematics:
Professor David, Kazhdan, a guru in Mathematics from the Hebrew University
was announced the recipient of the 2020 Shaw Prize in Mathematical Sciences, the first in the history of Israel to receive the prize described as the “Nobel of the East.”
The Israeli Mathematician received the award together with Alexander Beilinson of Chicago.
The Shaw Prize in Mathematical Sciences was awarded in equal shares to the two for “their huge influence on and profound contributions to representation theory, as well as many other areas of mathematics.” -United With Israel.
“Beilinson and Kazhdan are at the heart of many of the most exciting developments in mathematics over the last few decades, developments that continue to this day,” the Shaw Prize stated.
Established in 2002 under the auspices of the late Sir Run Run Shaw in Hong Kong, the prestigious Shaw Prize honors individuals who have achieved distinguished and significant advances in the fields of astronomy, life science and medicine, and mathematical sciences.
The competition group carries a monetary award of $1.2 million.
It should be noted that in 2012, Kazhdan was also awarded the Israel Prize on the country’s highest academic honor, for Computer Science and Mathematics.
David Kazhdan’s short Biography published by Shaw Prize 21st May 2020:
David Kazhdan was born in 1946 in Moscow, Russia and is currently Professor of Mathematics at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. He received a diploma in 1967 and earned his PhD under Alexandre Kirillov in 1969 from Moscow State University, Russia. After working at Moscow State University as a Researcher (1969–1975), he emigrated to USA to take up a position at Harvard University, where he was successively Visiting Professor (1975–1977), Professor (1977–2002) and Professor Emeritus of Mathematics (2002–). He then emigrated to Israel and has been Professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem since 2002. He is a member of the US National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Image: Prof. David Kazhdan’s photo