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Vietnamese Professor Among 10 Winners of Prestigious European Mathematics Prize

A Vietnamese professor recently clinched a prestigious prize for young individuals who have made significant contributions to the development of mathematics.

The European Mathematical Society (EMS) announced the 10 winners of its quadrennial EMS Prizes, awarded to “young researchers not older than 35 years, of European nationality or working in Europe, in recognition of excellent contributions in mathematics,” according to the EMS website.

In 2020, Vietnamese mathematician Phan Thanh Nam was included among the honorees, marking the first time a Vietnamese national was given the highly sought-after award since its first incarnation in 1992.

Nam is currently a professor at the mathematics department of Ludwig Maximilian University Munich in Germany. Previously, he was an assistant professor at Masaryk University in the Czech Republic and an IST Fellow at the Institute of Science and Technology in Austria.

Nam’s work revolves around analysis and mathematical physics, focusing on many-body quantum mechanics, spectral theory, calculus of variations and partial differential equations and numerical analysis.

According to Thanh Nien, Phan Thanh Nam was born in 1985 and went to Luong Van Chanh High School in Phu Yen Province. For college, Nam attended the HCMC University of Science. He’s been a professor at LMU Munich since 2017, the newspaper adds. In 2018, he was given the IUPAP Young Scientist Prize in Mathematical Physics for young researchers who perform original work of outstanding scientific quality in mathematical physics.

Traditionally, EMS awardees will give prize lectures during the European Congress of Mathematics, but due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s lectures have been postponed to 2021 in Portorož, Slovenia.

[Photo via EMS]

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