Leelavathi Award for Simon Lehna Singh

Well-known physicist-turned author, journalist and television producer of Indian origin Simon Lehna Singh has been selected by the International Mathematical Union for the Leelavathi Award in recognition of his outstanding contribution to public outreach in mathematics.

Named after the immortal mathematical treatise of the great Indian mathematician Bhaskaracharya, the award carries a cash prize of Rs.10 lakh and a citation.

It will be presented at the closing ceremony of the International Congress of Mathematicians (ICM), which will be held in Hyderabad from August 19 to 27.

As of now, the award is a one-time prize.

Efforts are under way to make it a regular feature at the future sessions of the ICM.

Dr. Singh was selected by a committee of five eminent mathematicians, led by M.S. Narasimhan of the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.

The other members were IMU president Laszlo Lovasz; past presidents John Ball and Jacob Palis; and M.S. Raghunathan, chairman of the executive organising committee of the ICM-2010.

Born on January 1, 1964 to Indian parents who moved to the U.K. in 1950 from Punjab, Dr. Singh completed his doctorate in particle physics, working at Emmanuel College, Cambridge University, and CERN, Geneva.

  • Honoured for contributions to public outreach in mathematics
  • Carries a cash prize of Rs. 10 lakh and a citation

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