Who is Manjul Bhargava

Manjul Bhargava

Manjul Bhargava (* 1974 in Hamilton (Ontario), Canada) is a Canadian mathematician of Indian origin who made significant contributions to number theory.


Bhargava was born to Indian immigrants from the Jaipur region of Canada. He grew up on Long Island in the US state of New York (state). His father is a chemist and his mother is a professor of mathematics at Hofstra University on Long Island. At school, on the one hand, he stood out for his versatile talents, but on the other hand, he had difficulties because he simply didn't attend courses if they didn't bring him anything new. Instead, he preferred to get involved with the student magazine, play on his school's tennis and bowling teams, read books on math, and learn how to play the sitar, guitar, violin, and most importantly, tabla. By the ninth grade, he had already completed all of his high school math and computer science courses. He spent the second half of the tenth grade with his grandparents in India. His grandfather Purushottam Lal Bhargava, a famous scholar in India, taught him Sanskrit and Indian history. He also immersed himself in playing the tabla. On his return, he took first place in the first New York State Science Talent Search in 1992, which enabled him to study mathematics at Harvard University from 1992.

After just one year, Bhargava was awarded the Detur Prize of Harvard University for his outstanding academic achievements. At the age of 19 he was appointed as a teaching fellow. For his success in teaching he received the Derek Bok Award from Harvard University three times from 1993 to 1995. In 1996 he graduated from Harvard University with a Bachelor of Arts and the grade summa cum laude. He was awarded the Hoopes Prize from Harvard University for his excellent work.

From 1996 Bhargava studied mathematics at Princeton University, where he worked with Andrew Wiles in 2001 with a thesis on the subject Higher Composition Laws PhD with summa cum laude. Two years later (still at the age of 28) he received a professorship for mathematics at Princeton University (full professor with tenure). He is one of the youngest scientists ever to be appointed to such a professorship at Princeton.

In addition to mathematics, playing the tabla is one of Bhargava's great passions. He was tutored several times by Zakir Hussain, one of the best known and most prominent tabla players of our time. Bhargava occasionally appears at public concerts at Harvard and Princeton. In 2003 he signed on GigaPop ritual , a distributed live concert for digital dholaks, electronic didgeridoos, electronic violins, rbow, sitar, tabla and bass guitar played on-site by musicians and scientists from McGill University and Princeton University.


During his studies at Harvard, Bhargava wrote four original papers in which he standardized and generalized a number of the results of famous mathematicians [1] and solved several known problems [2]. He suddenly became famous for his dissertation, in which he added 13 further compositions to Gauss's composition of quadratic forms, known since 1801, and found a common explanation for their validity. These groundbreaking and completely surprising results were published in a series of four papers in the Annals of Mathematics from 2004 to 2008. His simple proof of the so-called also received a lot of attention 15 theorem by John Horton Conway and William Schneeberger. In the meantime, he and Jonathan P. Hanke also have the as 290 theorem well-known conjecture proven by Conway.


In 1996 Bhargava was awarded the Frank and Brennie Morgan Prize, jointly awarded by the American Mathematical Society, the Mathematical Association of America and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, for work written during his studies at Harvard. In 2003 he received the Merten M. Hasse Prize of the Mathematical Association of America and in 2004 the Leonard M. and Eleanor B. Blumenthal Award. In 2005 he was honored with the Clay Research Award and the SASTRA Ramanujan Prize. In 2008 he received the prestigious Frank Nelson Cole Prize for Number Theory from the American Mathematical Society.

Individual evidence

  1. P-orderings and polynomial functions on arbitrary subsets of Dedekind rings, Journal for Pure and Applied Mathematics 490 (1997) 101 - 127
  2. Generalized factorials and fixed divisors over subsets of a Dedekind domain, J. Number Theory 72 (1998) 67-75

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