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János Kollár

Hungarian mathematician

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Kollar is Professor of Mathematics at Princeton University. Kollar studied mathematics in Budapest, Hungary and received his Ph.D. in Mathematics from Brandeis University in 1984.

Kollar’s work focuses on problems in algebraic geometry such as the minimal model program. He has the distinction of having proved that several counterexamples exist to a famous conjecture made by John Nash (the protagonist in the movie A Beautiful Mind) in the 1950s. Importantly, Kollar also gave the first proof of 19th century mathematician David Hilbert’s famous problem known as “Nullstellensatz.” These are major contributions to mathematics.

Kollar became a member of the National Academy of Sciences in 2005. He won the prestigious Cole Prize in 2006. In 2012 he became a fellow of the American Mathematical Society. In 2016 he became a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2017 he received the Shaw Prize in Mathematical Sciences, an award offered by the Shaw Foundation in Hong Kong, which has been described as the “Nobel of the East.”

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Eötvös Loránd University
Eötvös Loránd University

Public research university in Budapest, Hungary

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Brandeis University
Brandeis University

Private research university in Waltham, Massachusetts

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University of Utah
University of Utah

Public coeducational space-grant research university in Salt Lake City, Utah, United States

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Princeton University
Princeton University

Private Ivy League research university in Princeton, New Jersey, United States

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Mathematics