7th Distinguished Lecture丨New development in prime distribution

2023-12-13 15:48:05



主讲人:Yitang Zhan, University of California, Santa Barbara


Dr. Yitang Zhang obtained his bachelor's degree from Peking University in 1978. Then he became a graduate student of Professor Pan Chengbiao, a number theorist at Peking University, and obtained his master's degree in mathematics in 1984. With recommendations from Professor Ding Shisun, the president of Peking University, Yitang was granted a full scholarship at Purdue University and obtained his Ph.D. in mathematics in 1991.

On April 17, 2013, Dr. Zhang announced a proof that states there are infinitely many pairs of prime numbers that differ by 70 million or less. This result implies the existence of an infinitely repeatable prime 2-tuple, thus establishing a theorem akin to the twin prime conjecture. The proof was refereed by leading experts in analytic number theory. His result set off a flurry of activity in the field, such as the Polymath8 Project.

Dr. Zhang was awarded the 2013 Morningside Special Achievement Award in Mathematics, the 2013 Ostrowski Prize, the 2014 Frank Nelson Cole Prize in Number Theory, the 2014 Rolf Schock Prize in Mathematics, the 2016 QiuShi Distinguished Scientist Prize, and the 2018 Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award of AAEOY. Dr. Zhang was a recipient of the 2014 MacArthur Award, and was elected as a Fellow of Academia Sinica in Taiwan during the same year. He was an invited speaker at the 2014 International Congress of Mathematicians.

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