Prof. Ngo Bao Chau elected to US academy

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Prof. Ngo Bao Chau elected to US academy

Young Vietnamese mathematician Ngo Bao Chau, the winner of the 2010 Fields Medal, has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

w Ngo Bao Chau pictured with the Fields Medal in a ceremony at the International Congress of Mathematicians meeting in India on August 19, 2010. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Professor Ngo Bao Chau, the young Vietnamese mathematician who won the 2010 Fields Medal, is among the 220 new fellows of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS).

The academy yesterday announced its 2012 election of 220 new members, continuing a 230-plus year history of recognizing some of the world’s most accomplished scholars, scientists, writers, and artists, as well as civic, corporate, and philanthropic leaders.

Members of the 2012 class include winners of the National Medal of Science, the Lasker Award, the Pulitzer and Shaw prizes, the Fields Medal; MacArthur and Guggenheim fellowships; the Kennedy Center Honors; Grammy, Emmy, Academy, and Tony awards; the Avery Fisher Prize, and election to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, according to AAAS.

Prof. Chau, 40, the only Vietnamese scientist on the list of new Fellows, was awarded the Fields Medal at the 26th International Congress of Mathematicians 2010 in Hyderabad, India, for his proof of the Fundamental Lemma in the theory of automorphic forms by introducing new algebro-geometric methods.

Among the other newly elected Fellows are historian David W. Blight, volcanologist Katharine V. Cashman, actor and director Clint Eastwood, musician Sir Paul McCartney, playwright Neil Simon, mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade; Debra A. Fischer, who helped discover more than 200 planetary systems; and Tyler Jacks, who exploits gene-targeting technology in mice to understand cancer in humans.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is among the new Fellows in public affairs and journalism, along with sustainability expert Kamaljit Singh Bawa; former Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen, Jr.; veteran diplomat R. Nicholas Burns; television journalist Judy Woodruff; and Boston Globe editor Martin Baron.

Business leaders in the 2012 class include Amazon founder Jeffrey Bezos; Merck and Company Chairman, President and CEO Kenneth C. Frazier; Walt Disney Chairman and CEO Robert A. Iger; civic and business leader Penny S. Pritzker; Loews Corporation President and CEO James S. Tisch; and philanthropist and retired Citigroup Chairman Sanford I. Weill.

The new class will be inducted at a ceremony on October 6 at the Academy’s headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts, AAAS said.

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