Berndt is the Michio Suzuki Distinguished Research Professor of Mathematics at the University of Illinois. Berndt received his undergraduate degree from Albion College in Michigan in 1961. He received his master’s and Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. With the exception of a year as visiting professor at the University of Glasgow in Scotland and a one-year stint at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, Berndt has enjoyed his long and stellar career teaching and researching mathematics at the University of Illinois.
Berndt is world-famous as one of the greatest analytic number theorists, a core area in mathematics exploring the properties of number systems, such as the integers. He is perhaps best known for working out the results of the singular genius Srinivasa Ramanujan, a “prophet” of mathematics discovered by talents in the United States after solving some of the world’s most difficult problems in mathematics without the benefit of formal and extensive mathematical training. Berndt received a coveted Steele Prize for his work on Ramanujan’s notebooks, and also serves as editor of the Ramanujan Journal.
Berndt was named Fellow of the American Mathematical Society in 2012. In 2012, SASTRA University in India also awarded him an honorary doctorate.
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