The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has awarded the Crafoord Prize in Mathematics 2012 to UCLA Mathematics Professor Terence Tao. Tao shares the award with Jean Bourgain (Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton). The laureates are cited "for their brilliant and groundbreaking work in harmonic analysis, partial differential equations, ergodic theory, number theory, combinatorics, functional analysis and theoretical computer science." Their contributions to the fundamental results in the field of mathematical analysis, on their own and jointly with others, are recognized in particular. Established in 1982, the rotating prize promotes international basic research in the disciplines of astronomy and mathematics, biosciences, geosciences and polyarthritis to complement those fields for which the Nobel Prizes are awarded.

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