2020 Frederic Esser Nemmers Mathematics Prize Recipient

Nalani Anantharaman

2020 Nemmers Prize in Mathematics Recipient

Nalani Anantharaman

University of Strasbourg

For her profound contributions to microlocal analysis and mathematical physics, in particular to problems of localization and delocalization of eigenfunctions.

Nalini Anantharaman is a French mathematician who has won major prizes, including the Henri Poincaré Prize in 2012. She attended the Ecole normale supérieure (ENS) and stayed in Paris to go on to complete her PhD at the Pierre and Marie Curie University in 2000, under the supervision of François Ledrappier. She held the post of lecturer at the ENS in Lyon and, subsequently, at the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) and the École Polytechnique in Paris. She was Visiting Miller Professor at the University of California Berkeley in 2008 and became a full Professor at the University of Paris-Sud in 2009. From January to June 2013, she was at the Princeton Institute for Advanced Study. Between 2014 and 2016, she held a temporary chair at USIAS, which then became permanent, and is currently member of the Institute for Advanced Mathematical Research (IRMA) at the University of Strasbourg.

Analysis and mathematical physics are the main focus of Nalini Anantharaman’s research. She has studied chaos in wave propagation (quantum chaos) and, more recently, harmonic analysis on large graphs.

In 2011 she was awarded the Salem Prize for work associated with Laplace eigenvalues, and the Jacques Herbrand Prize from the French Academy of Sciences. In 2012 she was presented with the Henri Poincaré Prize for mathematical physics, "for her original contributions to the area of quantum chaos, dynamical systems and Schrödinger equations, including a remarkable advance in the problem of quantum unique ergodicity", which she shared with Freeman Dyson, Barry Simon and Sylvia Serfaty. In 2013 she received the CNRS Silver Medal. In 2015, she was elected as member of the Academia Europaea, and was plenary speaker at the 2018 International Congress of Mathematicians. She has been awarded the 2018 Infosys prize from the Infosys Science Foundation and was elected to the French Academy of Sciences in 2019.