Two mathematicians of Indian descent in the US and Canada get Padma awards
The highest civilian honors in India are called Padma Awards
Ramdorai, who worked at the National Knowledge Commission from 2007 to 2009, is currently a member of the National Innovation Council and the Scientific Advisory Council to the Prime Minister of India
S.R. Srinivasa Varadhan, an Indian-American, earned the Padma Vibhushan, while Sujatha Ramdorai, an Indian-Canadian, was awarded the Padmi Shri for their outstanding achievements in the fields of science and engineering.
The Union Ministry of Home Affairs announced the Padma Award winners on January 25 in honor of Republic Day 2023. Mulayam Singh Yadav, Zakir Hussain, KM Birla, Sudha Murty, Raveena Tandon, and others were on the lengthy list of 106 recipients.
The highest civilian honors in India are called Padma Awards. The Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan, and Padma Shri awards are granted in three categories to recognise individuals who have made outstanding contributions to a variety of sectors and disciplines, including art, social work, literature, education, public affairs, etc.
Srinivasa Varadhan, who was born on January 2nd, 1940 in Chennai, is renowned for his important contributions to probability theory.
The Norwegian Academy of Sciences and Letters awarded the professor of mathematics the 2007 Abel Prize “for his important contributions to probability theory and in particular for developing a unified theory of huge deviations.”
Varadhan graduated with a master’s from the University of Madras in 1960, and from the Indian Statistical Institute in Calcutta in 1963.
Varadhan joined the Courant Institute in New York as a postdoctoral scholar in 1963, and he never left. At the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, he is currently a professor of mathematics and a Frank J. Gould Professor of science.
He received the Margaret and Herman Sokol Award from the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at New York University (1995), the Birkhoff Prize (1994), and the Leroy Steele Prize (1995). (1996).
The Indian government gave him the Padma Bhushan in 2008.
Sujatha Ramdorai, an algebraic number theorist affiliated with the University of British Columbia in Canada, is well-known for her contributions to the Iwasawa theory.
She also won the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Award in 2004. She is the first Indian to get the coveted Ramanujan Prize from the International Centre for Theoretical Physics in 2006.
She also received the Krieger-Nelson Prize in 2020 for her outstanding contributions to mathematical research.
Ramdorai, who worked at the National Knowledge Commission from 2007 to 2009, is currently a member of the National Innovation Council and the Scientific Advisory Council to the Prime Minister of India.
After receiving her B.Sc. from St. Joseph’s College in Bengaluru in 1982, she went on to earn her MSc. from Annamalai University in 1985.
Ramdorai obtained her Ph.D. in the domain of Witt rings of varieties and quadratic forms over function fields from the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research.