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The President's National Medal of Science: Recipient Details

Srinivasa S.R. Varadhan


Frank J. Gould Professorship in Science and Professor of Mathematics


New York University

70 Washington Square, South

New York 10012 USA


Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences

251 Mercer Street

New York,New York 10012 USA



Award Discipline:

Mathematics and Computer Science

Award Year:



"For his work in probability theory, especially his work on large deviations from expected random behavior, which has revolutionized this field of study during the second half of the twentieth century and become a cornerstone of both pure and applied probability. The mathematical insights he developed have been applied in diverse fields including quantum field theory, population dynamics, finance, econometrics, and traffic engineering."

Presented by President Barack H. Obama in the East Room of the White House on Friday, October 21, 2011.


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