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IIT-Gandhinagar Professor Becomes 'First Indian Mathematician' to get Gábor Szegö Prize

Prof Atul Dixit from IIT Gandhinagar has been selected for this award for his scientific work in number theory using special functions

Prof Atul Dixit from IIT Gandhinagar has been selected for this award for his scientific work in number theory using special functions

Prof Dixit’s research work has been largely impacted by Srinivasa Ramanujan, who is the main source of inspiration for him.

Prof Atul Dixit, assistant professor of mathematics at the Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar (IITGN), has become the first Indian mathematician to win the prestigious Gábor Szegö Prize 2021 awarded by the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM), USA, claims the institute.

Prof Atul Dixit has been selected for this award for his “impressive scientific work in solving problems related to number theory using special functions, in particular related to the work of Ramanujan.”

The prize includes a certificate containing the citation. The award was to be presented at the 2021 International Symposium on Orthogonal Polynomials, Special Functions, and Applications (OPSFA16), however, due to the pandemic, the event has been postponed from July 2021 to July 2022.

As a part of the award, Prof Atul Dixit will also be invited at the OPSFA16, to be held at the Centre de Recherches Mathematiques (CRM), Universite de Montreal, Canada, to deliver a plenary lecture at the event.

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Prof Atul Dixit’s research in mathematics is at the interface of analytic number theory and special functions. He shares that his work in number theory has led him to discover new interesting special functions such as generalised modified Bessel and Hurwitz zeta functions. Likewise, his work on special functions has frequently had implications in number theory, such as the one on generalised Lambert series or the Voronoï summation formulas, claims the IIT. Prof Dixit’s research work has been largely impacted by Srinivasa Ramanujan, who is the main source of inspiration for him.

Prof Atul Dixit said, “Receiving this prize also puts more responsibility on my shoulders to do better research than before, and I hope to live up to the expectations put forth on me by SIAM and other well-wishers.”

The SIAM Activity Group on Orthogonal Polynomials and Special Functions (SIAG/OPSF) awards the Gábor Szegö Prize every two years to one early-career researcher for outstanding research contributions in the area of orthogonal polynomials and special functions. It is for the first time that this prize has been awarded to an Indian mathematician.

first published:March 10, 2021, 18:07 IST