John Milnor, professor of arithmetic and co-director of the Institute for Mathematical Sciences at Stony Brook College, has acquired the 2020 Lomonosov Gold Medal from the Russian Academy of Sciences “for discovery of non-standard clean buildings on multi-dimensional spheres and for fixing basic issues of topology and the speculation of dynamical programs.”
“I’m so happy to congratulate John Milnor on his receipt of the Lomonosov Gold Medal,” stated Maurie McInnis, president of Stony Brook College. “One in every of many distinguished honors he has acquired all through his profession, this prestigious recognition is yet one more testomony to the influence John has had on the sector of arithmetic, and his pioneering work that has formed the mathematical panorama. We’re lucky to have him amongst our esteemed college at Stony Brook.”
“I’m thrilled for John Milnor on his receipt of this extraordinary honor, yet one more achievement that acknowledges his mathematical prowess,” stated Nicole S. Sampson, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and distinguished professor of Chemistry. “We proudly have a good time the excellence and accomplishments he brings to the Faculty.”
“On behalf of the Division of Arithmetic, I provide hearty congratulations to Professor Milnor on receiving yet one more award in his extraordinary assortment of honors,” stated Alexander Kirillov, professor and chair, Division of Arithmetic.” One of many biggest residing mathematicians, Professor Milnor has made basic discoveries in lots of areas of arithmetic, together with topology, dynamical programs and algebraic Ok-theory. He’s also referred to as a grasp of mathematical exposition; his many books have turn out to be normal references for everybody studying arithmetic. We’re proud to have him as a colleague.”
In 2011 Milnor was awarded the American Mathematical Society’s (AMS) prestigious Steele Prize for Lifetime Achievement and the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters’ Abel Prize for Arithmetic, which is the very best honor a mathematician can obtain. He beforehand gained two different Steele Prizes from the AMS, for Mathematical Exposition (2004) and for Seminal Contribution to Analysis (1982).
A member of the Nationwide Academy of Sciences, he has additionally gained the Fields Medal — the Worldwide Medal for Excellent Discoveries in Arithmetic awarded to mathematicians underneath the age of 40 by the Worldwide Congress of the Worldwide Mathematical Union — and the Wolf Prize in Arithmetic, Israel’s highest honor in arithmetic.
Milnor spent his undergraduate and graduate years at Princeton College finding out knot idea underneath the supervision of Ralph Fox. He acquired an AB and a PhD in arithmetic from Princeton. After a few years at Princeton and the Institute for Superior Examine, with shorter stays at UCLA and MIT, he settled at Stony Brook. He has studied sport idea, differential geometry, algebraic topology, differential topology, quadratic types and algebraic Ok-theory.
The Lomonosov Gold Medal — named after Russian scientist and polymath Mikhail Lomonosov — has been awarded every year since 1959 for excellent achievements within the pure sciences and the humanities by the USSR Academy of Sciences and later the Russian Academy of Sciences. Since 1967, two medals have been awarded yearly: one to a Russian and one to a international scientist. It’s the Academy’s highest accolade.