Fields Medalist to teach learning methods in Vietnam

Tuoi Tre, 13 March 2013

Famous Vietnamese mathematician and Fields Medalist Prof. Ngo Bao Chau is scheduled to deliver a lecture on “Learning Methods” in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City in the next two days.

Prof. Chau told local media at a news conference on Tuesday that he will lecture at the Hanoi University of Science and Technology, Ho Chi Minh City Open University, and British Vietnamese International School – a K-12 school – on Thursday and Friday.
He is in Vietnam to attend the event series “Bridges – Dialogues towards a Culture of Peace” co-organized by Austria-based NGO International Peace Foundation and the Vietnamese Ministry of Education and Training.

Pro. Chau is the fifth scientist to have visited Vietnam as part of the series over the last year, the other four being Prof. Roger B. Myerson (2007 Nobel Laureate in Economics at the University of Chicago), Prof. Harald zur Hausen (2008 Nobel Laureate in Medicine at the German Cancer Research Center in Heidelberg), Prof. Douglas Osheroff (1996 Nobel Prize in Physics at Stanford University), and Prof. Sir Harold Kroto (1996 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry at Florida State University).

The academic is now teaching at the University of Chicago, and best known for proving the fundamental lemma for automorphic forms proposed by Robert Langlands and Diana Shelstad. He won the Fields Medal, considered equal to a Nobel prize, in 2010 for this achievement. He is also the director of the Vietnam Institute for Advanced Study in Mathematics.