Pham Tuan Huy has become the second Vietnamese mathematician after famed Professor Ngo Bao Chau to receive a research fellowship from the Clay Mathematics Institute.
The Clay Mathematics Institute officially announced two mathematicians who will be awarded research fellowships in 2023, including Paul Minter, who obtained his PhD in 2022 at the University of Cambridge, and Pham Tuan Huy, who is about to receive his PhD from Stanford University.
Both Minter and Huy will be Clay Research Fellows starting July 1.
The appointment term of Minter is four years while Huy's is five years.
On the website of the Clay Mathematics Institute, Huy is introduced as a highly inventive and prolific researcher who has already made fundamental contributions to combinatorics, probability, number theory, and theoretical computer science.
The 27-year-old is the second Vietnamese mathematician to receive a research fellowship from the Clay Mathematics Institute after famed Professor Ngo Bao Chau in 2004.
On August 19, 2010, Prof. Chau became the first Vietnamese ever to win the Fields Medal, the world's most prestigious award in mathematics.
Huy previously won the gold medals at the International Mathematics Olympiad (IMO) twice in 2013 and 2014.
|Pham Tuan Huy and his father Pham Chau Tuan in this photo taken when Huy was a high school student. File photo: Tuoi Tre|
“We are very happy because Huy’s dream has come true,” Pham Chau Tuan, Huy’s father, told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper.
“I hope this achievement will inspire and motivate the passion for mathematics among high school students in Vietnam.”
The Clay Mathematical Institute is a well-known private American foundation established in 1998 to honor mathematical talents and to fund people with the potential to become the world's top mathematicians.
The Clay Research Fellowships are awarded to about two to three mathematicians each year.
Candidates for the fellowships are those who have recently received their PhD or have completed their thesis and are about to obtain the degree.
Each fellowship typically lasts a maximum of five years, depending on when the candidate's PhD was obtained.
The main selection criteria for the fellowship is the exceptional quality of the candidate's research and the promise to become a leading mathematician in their field.
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