The Infosys Prize in Mathematics for 2019 is awarded to Prof. Siddhartha Mishra of the Swiss Federal Technical Institute of Technology at Zürich, for his outstanding contributions to Applied Mathematics, in particular for designing computational methods that solve non-linear partial differential equations arising in different areas, analyzing their effectiveness and designing algorithms to implement them.
Prof. Siddhartha Mishra received an honors degree in Mathematics and Physics from Utkal University in Bhubaneswar in 2000. After his graduation he joined the Applied Mathematics program run jointly by IISc and TIFR in Bangalore. By 2005 he had earned both an M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from both.
Prof. Mishra went to CMA at University of Oslo as a post-doc (2005-2009) and followed it up with an Assistant Professorship at ETH Zürich (2009-2011). He returned briefly to Oslo for a year and then went back to Zürich in 2012 as an Associate Professor and became a full Professor in 2015.
Mishra is the recipient of many awards such as the Richard von Mises Prize (2015), the Jacques Louis Lions Award (2018), and the ICIAM Collatz Prize (2019). He was an invited speaker at the International Congress of Mathematicians held in Rio de Janeiro.
About The Prize –
The Infosys Prize endeavors to elevate the prestige of science and research in India and inspire young Indians to choose a vocation in research.
The award is given annually to honor outstanding achievements of contemporary researchers and scientists across six categories: Engineering and Computer Sciences, Humanities, Life Sciences, Mathematical Sciences, Physical Sciences and Social Sciences, each carrying a prize of a gold medal, a citation and a purse of USD 100,000 (or its equivalent in Rupees). The prize purse is tax free in the hands of winners in India.
The award intends to celebrate success in research and stand as a marker of excellence in these fields. A jury, comprising eminent leaders in each of these fields, evaluates the achievements of the nominees against the standards of international research, placing the winners on par with the finest researchers in the world.
The Infosys Prize in Mathematics was first given in 2008. Following the establishment of the Infosys Science Foundation, the Infosys Prize was given in 4 other categories. The ISF announced a sixth category – the Infosys Prize in Humanities – in January 2012.