Congratulations to Micha Gromov, the 3rd NYU recipient of the Abel Prize for greatness in math in the past five years. The Abel Prize for Mathematics is considered as the contemporary to the Nobel Prize, for which there is no award for math. NYU’s dominance of this award began in 2005 with Dr. Peter D. Lax, who also worked on the Manhattan Project, and continued in 2007 when Dr. Srinivasa S. R. Varadhan won for his work in probability of rare events.
How rare it is to have this type of success was summarized by the expert himself, Dr. Varadhan: “When I met with the king and queen, he said, ‘Since you’re a specialist in probabilities, what is the probability that you’ll have another prize winner from your institution?’ ” Professor Varadhan recalled. “I said, ‘Probably very small,’ but I was wrong.”
Big ups to the Courant Institute of Mathematics at NYU, where I’m proud to say I spent many undergraduate days studying the infinite dopeness of math.