Four Indian-American Professors -Out of 13 Awardees of – Simons Investigators Awards For Mathematics&Science-2013

A New York based non-profit-“Simons Foundation”,

incorporated in the year 1994 by Jim and Marilyn Simons with a mission to advance the frontiers of research in Mathematics and Basic Sciences, has been giving awards every year to “Mathematicians”,“Theoretical Physicists” and “Theoretical Computer Scientists”.

The following 4 are the Indian-American Professors in Mathematics and Computer Science, among the 13 awardees for the year 2013: 

The One among the Four Awardees in Mathematics is the following Indian American:
Prof.Kannan Soundararajan-

Prof.Kannan Soundararajan

Prof.Kannan Soundararajan is one among the 4 Mathematicians who won the award and he is one of the the world’s leaders  in analytic number theory and related areas, whose  work is focused on understanding the zeros and value distribution of L-functions, and on analyzing the behaviour of multiplicative functions. The India-born professor Kannan Soundararajan represented India at the International Mathematical Olympiad in 1991, where he won a silver medal.  He is a Sloan Foundation Fellow and  he has an undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and a PhD from Princeton.

Two out of the three awardees in Computer Science are the following Indian – American Professors:

Prof.Rajeev Alur-

Prof.Rajeev Alur

Prof.Rajeev Alur is a Zisman Family Professor in the Department of Information and Computer Science at the University of Pennsylvania,  a top researcher in formal modelling and algorithmic analysis of computer. systems, and a number of automata and logics introduced by him have now become standard models with great impact on both the theory and practice of verification. Prof.Rajeev Alur has BS and PhD degrees in Computer Science from IIT-Kanpur and Stanford University, respectively  and

Prof.Salil Vadhan-

Prof.Salil Vadhan

Prof.Salil Vadhan is a Vicky Joseph Professor of Computer Science and Applied Mathematics at Harvard University has produced a series of original and influential papers on computational complexity and cryptography, using  complexity-theoretic methods and perspectives to delineate the border between the possible and impossible in cryptography and data privacy. Prof.Salil Vadhan has a PhD in Applied Mathematics from MIT, a certificate of advanced study in Mathematics from Churchill College at Cambridge University and AB in mathematics and Computer Science from Harvard University.

One of the Six Awardees in Physics is the following Indian –American Professor:

Prof.Senthil Todadri-

Prof.Senthil Todadri

Prof.Senthil Todadri a Professor of Physics at MIT and Distinguished Research Chair at the Perimeter Institute of Physics, whose  work with Fisher on Z2 topological order in models of spin liquid states provided key insights and initiated the systematic investigation of gauge structures in many-body systems, now a vital subfield of condensed matter physics. Prof.Senthil Todadri has his Ph.D. from Yale and an undergraduate degree from IIT-Kanpur.

The Amount of the Awards:
The above 4 Indian Americans, who are currently working at Stanford University, Harvard, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Pennsylvania University, will each receive $100,000/-, a year (About Rs 60 Lakhs per year/Rs 5 Lakhs per month) for five years for their long-term research with the possibility of renewal for five additional years.

The following is the List of Other Nine “Simons Investigators Awardees”:


  • NGO BAO CHAU, The University of Chicago,
  • Prof. Maryam Mirzakhani, Stanford University and
  • Prof. Daniel Tataru, University of California, Berkeley

Computer Science: (1)

  • Prof. Piotr Indyk,  Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Physic s:(5)

  • Prof. Victor Galitski, The University of Maryland,
  • Prof.Randall Kamien, University of Pennsylvania and
  • Prof. Joel Moore, University of California, Berkeley,
  • Prof. Dam Thanh Son, The University of Chicago and
  • Prof. Xi Yin , Harvard University

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5 years ago

Great Post