Professor Ngo Bao Chau has been selected as one of the six University of Chicago scholars from the humanities, the physical sciences and the social sciences to receive the “Distinguished Service Professorships” title.
Born in Hanoi, professor Chau won gold medals at the 1988 and 1989 International Mathematical Olympiad and received his PhD from Université Paris-Sud in 1997.
Chau, who also won the Fields Medal for his proof of the Fundamental Lemma in the theory of automorphic forms through the introduction of new algebro-geometric methods, became a professor at the University of Chicago in September 2010, said the University website.
The Hanoi native is now Director of the Vietnam Institute for Advanced Study in Mathematics.
He has also been conferred an honorary doctoral degree by Vietnam National University – Hanoi.
Only a few professors at US universities are selected to be awarded the “Distinguished Service Professorships” title.