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Number Theory authority honoured

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Citation mentions "his internationally eminent position"

CHENNAI : Madras University on Wednesday conferred the degree of Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa) on Robert P. Langlands, Professor, Institute for Advanced Study in the University of Princeton, New Jersey, for "his internationally eminent position and attainments in mathematics."

Governor Surjit Singh Barnala, who is also Chancellor of Madras University, presented the degree to Prof. Langlands at Raj Bhavan.

The citation read out by Vice-Chancellor S. P. Thyagarajan said 70-year-old Prof. Langlands was "a great authority of the present era in Number Theory of mathematics, a topic dear to Srinivasa Ramanujan, the illustrious alumnus of the University of Madras and the mathematical genius who made India proud by his historic contributions."

Prof. Langlands formulated the Langlands Programme, "which envisioned synergetic interaction between Representation Theory, Theory of Automorphic Forms and Number Theory."

He blended international vision for the future of research in mathematics by collaborating with Indian scientists besides others across the globe.

He has received several awards including the Commonwealth Award, the Cole Prize, the National Science Academy Award in Mathematics, the Wolf Prize, Membership of the Royal Society of Canada and an honorary degree from the University of British Columbia, the citation said.

Prof. Langlands could not visit India in November last year when the university annual convocation was held, due to academic commitments.

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