The winner of 2007's Abel Prize in Mathematics, Indian American Professor Srinivasa SR Varadhan says that his education in India provided him with the necessary basis for success.
As I receive the award I am very aware that the early education I received in India from high school through college and doctoral studies at Indian Statistical Institute (ISI), Kolkata, has provided me with the necessary foundation for success, Varadhan, said in an e-mail sent to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
Varadhan, who was awarded with Abel Prize in Mathematics by the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, added, "I will always be grateful. I hope that I will continue to maintain my contacts and be helpful for the development of mathematical talent in India."
Earlier, in a letter to Varadhan, Dr. Singh had said, "I hope your example will inspire a new generation of Indians to pursue the study of mathematics, a discipline to which Indians have made significant contribution since times immemorial."
This is not just a personal honour for you but an honour for all Indians and people of Indian origin the world over. Please accept my sincere greetings and best wishes," Singh added in his letter.
Varadhan is presently the Frank J Gould Professor of Science and Professor of Mathematics at Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University.