Department of Mathematics and the College
Ngô Bao Châu, a native of Hanoi, North Vietnam, joined the Mathematics faculty with the recently awarded Fields Medal presented by the International Congress of Mathematics. Fields Medals are given every four years to the most distinguished mathematicians aged 40 or under. They are regarded as the highest professional honor a mathematician can attain.
Ngô received this award for his “Proof of the Fundamental Lemma in the Theory of Automorphic Forms through the Introduction of New Algebro-Geometric Methods,” which had vexed mathematicians for three decades. Time magazine listed this work as one of the top 10 scientific discoveries of 2009.
Most recently, Ngô worked at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey. His other honors include the Oberwolfach Prize, the Prix Sophie Germain de l’Académie des Sciences de Paris, and the Clay Research Award. He delivered invited addresses to the International Congress of Mathematicians in 2006 and 2010.
Ngô received his PhD from the Université de Paris-Sud in 1997.
Ngô joined the University of Chicago faculty in 2010.