(From left) Dean of SASTRA V Ramaswamy, Vice-Chairman of
SASTRA S Vaidhyasubramaniam, Ken Ono, Adam Harper and Krishnaswami Alladi at the event.
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THE SASTRA-Ramanujan Award has earned the recognition of the Royal Society at England which in its December 2019 special issue of The Philosophical Transactions to commemorate the Centenary of Ramanujan’s election as FRS published a paper titled Ramanujan’s Legacy: The work of SASTRA prize winners.
“This confirms the prestige of the prize as a journal with a hallowed tradition that published Isaac Newton’s early papers has chosen to publish about the SASTRA-Ramanujan Award winners,” said Prof Krishnaswami Alladi, Department Chair of Mathematics at University of Florida and Chairman of the SASTRA-Ramanujan Award Committee who also presented the paper in the Royal Society event as its author. The award has gained global reputation with four of its previous winners winning the Fields Medal, said Prof Alladi. The 2019 award was presented to Adam Harper of the University of Warwick for his outstanding contributions to probabilistic number theory.
The cash prize of USD 10,000 and a citation was presented by Prof Ken Ono, Vice-President of American Mathematical Society who also recalled that Harper was the Ph.D student of Prof Ben Green. in University of Cambridge and Green was the 2007 Award winner. Similarly the 2005 award winner Kannan Soundarrajan’s student won the award in 2017. Dr Harper will deliver the Ramanujan Birthday Commemorative Lecture at SASTRA campus in Kumbakonam and also participate in the international conference on Number Theory in which speakers from USA, UK, Canada and India will be delivering scientific talks to over 150 delegates from all over the country.