King Faisal International Prize (KFIP) recognizes excellence in 5 categories: Service to Islam, Islamic Studies, Arabic Language & Literature, Medicine, and Science, since 1979

Professor Enrico Bombieri

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Topic: Mathematics


Nationality: United States of America

2010-Enrico-Bombieri-(S)-1Professor Enrico Bombieri was born in Milan, Italy in 1940. Like many other mathematicians, he became enthralled with mathematics from an early age. He started reading about the number theory at the age of 13. He earned his doctorate degree in mathematics at the University of Milan at the age of 23 and was immediately appointed assistant professor at that university. He continued his studies in the number theory with Professor Harold Davenport at Trinity College in Cambridge University (U.K.) in 1964. In the following year, he became full professor of mathematics, serving first at the University of Cagliari (1965), then the University of Pisa (1966-1975) and then the Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa (1975-1977), before joining the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, U.S.A., where he is currently IBM John von Neumann Professor of mathematics. He became a US citizen in 1994.

Professor Bombieri is an enormously brilliant mathematician and one of the world’s leading authorities on number theory and analysis. His work, over the past 40 years, covers a wide spectrum within the number theory – the analytic theory of L-functions, arithmetic geometry and Diophantine approximations, the distribution of primes, sieves and exponential sums. His work reveals a vast knowledge of the subject, an incisive clarity of thought, versatility and remarkable technical skill. His studies of the “large sieve” and its application in what is now known as the “Bombieri-Vinogradov Theorem” are central readings for every graduate researcher. He is also known for the “Bombieri-Lang Conjecture,” the “Bombieri Norm” and other fundamental contributions. Some of his results, particularly in the prime number theory, have potential applications to cryptography and security of data transmission and identification.

Professor Bombieri received many distinguished awards and honors, including the prestigious Fields Medal (1974), Feltrinelli Prize (1976), Balzan International Prize (1980), Honorary Doctorate degree (Doctor Honoris Causa) from the University of Pisa, Chevalier de l’Ordre des Palmes Academiques (France), Cavaliered i Gran Croce al Merito della Republica (Italy), in addition to the King Faisal International Prize for Science. He was also awarded the Joseph Doob Prize (2008) jointly with Walter Gubler for their book “Heights in Diophantine Geometry.” He is a Member of the US National Academy of Sciences, the Accademia Nationale dei Quaranta in Rome, the Accademia Nationale del Lincei, the European Academy of Sciences, Arts and Humanities, Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the European Academy of Sciences (Académie Européene des Sciences), Foreign Member of the Royal Swedish Academy, the Institut de France; French Académie des Sciences and the Academia Europaea, and Honorary Member of the British Mathematical Society. He served on the Executive Committee of the International Mathematical Union (1979-1982).

In addition to his comprehensive book with Gubler, Professor Bombieri authored two other monographs and more than 160 scientific papers published in leading mathematical journals.

Professor Bombieri, has been awarded the prize for his pioneering contributions to various branches of mathematics. His work is characterized by originality, power, and clarity of exposition, addressing fundamental and difficult problems in number theory, algebraic geometry, complex analysis, and minimal surfaces.

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