Professor Akshay Venkatesh has been awarded the 2017 Ostrowski Prize. The prize, established in 1989, is awarded every other year to a mathematician or to a group of scientists who have produced the best result in the field of pure mathematics or in the foundations of numerical mathematics.
According to the citation, Professor Venkatesh received the award "for his groundbreaking work in number theory, the theory of automorphic forms and representation theory, homogeneous dynamics, and arithmetic geometry." It goes on to say that "Venkatesh is notable for his originality and his ability to synthesize between different fields, bringing conceptually new tools to bear against long-standing problems with striking consequences. This not only advances the state of our knowledge, but plants the seed of further progress by exploring and highlighting previously unexplored connections between different mathematical fields."
The previous Stanford Mathematics recipient of the award is Professor Kannan Soundararajan in 2011.