Jean Bourgain
Jean Bourgain  

Born 

28 February 1954
Died  22 December 2018
Bonheiden, Belgium

(aged 64)^{[1]}
Nationality  Belgian 
Alma mater  Vrije Universiteit Brussel 
Known for 
Analytic number theory Harmonic analysis Ergodic theory Banach spaces Partial differential equations 
Awards 
Salem Prize (1983) Ostrowski Prize (1991) Fields Medal (1994) Shaw Prize (2010) Crafoord Prize (2012) Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics (2017) Steele Prize (2018) 
Scientific career  
Fields  Mathematics 
Institutions 
Institute for Advanced Study University of Illinois, UrbanaChampaign University of California, Berkeley 
Doctoral advisor  Freddy Delbaen 
Doctoral students  James Colliander 
Influences 
Laurent Schwartz Bernard Maurey Gilles Pisier Vitali Milman 
Influenced  Terence Tao 
Jean, Baron Bourgain (French: [buʁɡɛ̃]; 28 February 1954 – 22 December 2018) was a Belgian mathematician. He was a faculty member at the University of Illinois, UrbanaChampaign and, from 1985 until 1995, professor at Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques at BuressurYvette in France, and since 1994 at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey until 2018.^{[2]} He was an editor for the Annals of Mathematics. From 2012–2014, he was appointed a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley.^{[3]}
Biography
Bourgain received his Ph.D. from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel in 1977.
His work is in various areas of mathematical analysis such as the geometry of Banach spaces, harmonic analysis, analytic number theory, combinatorics, ergodic theory, partial differential equations, spectral theory and recently also in group theory. He has been recognised by a number of awards, most notably the Fields Medal in 1994.
In 2000 Bourgain connected the Kakeya problem to arithmetic combinatorics.^{[4]}^{[5]}
In 2009 Bourgain was elected a foreign member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.^{[6]}
In 2010, he received the Shaw Prize in Mathematics.^{[7]}
In 2012, he and Terence Tao received the Crafoord Prize in Mathematics from the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.^{[8]}
In 2015, he was made a baron by king Philippe of Belgium.^{[9]}
In 2016, he received the 2017 Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics.^{[10]}
In 2017, he received the 2018 Leroy P. Steele Prizes.^{[11]}
References
 ^ "Death of mathematician Jean Bourgain". The Brussels Times. 30 December 2018. Retrieved 30 December 2018.
 ^ Biography: Jean Bourgain Archived 27 August 2011 at the Wayback Machine, University of St Andrews, Scotland
 ^ "Jean Bourgain  Department of Mathematics at University of California Berkeley". math.berkeley.edu. Retrieved 23 April 2016.
 ^ Bourgain, J. (2000). "Harmonic analysis and combinatorics: How much may they contribute to each other?". Mathematics: Frontiers and Perspectives. IMU/Amer. Math. Soc. pp. 13–32.
 ^ Tao, Terence (March 2001). "From Rotating Needles to Stability of Waves: Emerging Connections between Combinatorics, Analysis and PDE" (PDF). Notices of the American Mathematical Society. 48 (3): 297–303.
 ^ Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences: Many new members elected to the Academy^{[permanent dead link]}, press release on 12 February 2009
 ^ Shaw Prize Press Release
 ^ Crafoord Press Release on 19 January 2012
 ^ Jean Bourgain’s Coat of Arms —Institute for Advanced Study
 ^ Breakthrough Prize Press Release
 ^ Jean Bourgain to Receive 2018 Steele Prize for Lifetime Achievement
External links
 MathSciNet: "Items authored by Bourgain, Jean."^{[permanent dead link]}
 O'Connor, John J.; Robertson, Edmund F., "Jean Bourgain", MacTutor History of Mathematics archive, University of St Andrews..
 Fields Medalists
 Members of the French Academy of Sciences
 Members of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences
 ISI highly cited researchers
 Functional analysts
 Mathematical analysts
 Institute for Advanced Study faculty
 University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign faculty
 20thcentury Belgian mathematicians
 Belgian mathematicians
 Free University of Brussels alumni
 1954 births
 2018 deaths