ICTP, along with the Department of Science and Technology, India and the International Mathematical Union (IMU), have awarded the 2017 Ramanujan Prize for Young Mathematicians from Developing Countries to Eduardo Teixeira of the Federal University of Ceará, Brazil.
The prize is in recognition of Teixeira's outstanding work in Analysis and Partial Differential Equations (PDE), building on his early work on existence and regularity results for free boundary problems. He then introduced an original approach to the regularity of degenerate elliptic equations, which consists in viewing the set of critical points of a solution as a free boundary, leading to the solution of several outstanding open problems.
The Prize also recognizes Professor Teixeira's determined pursuit of high-level research at his home institution in northeast Brazil, where over the last decade he has founded and directed one of the major research groups in nonlinear PDEs in Latin America. It is hoped that his example will inspire mathematicians working at the highest levels while based outside main established centers of research.
The selection committee consisted of Idris Assani (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), Rajendra Bhatia (Indian Statistical Institute), Alicia Dickenstein (University of Buenos Aires and vice president, IMU), Stefano Luzzatto (ICTP and chair, Ramanujan Prize selection committee), and Van Vu (Yale University).
The Ramanujan Prize is awarded annually to a researcher from a developing country who is less than 45 years of age on 31 December of the year of the award, and who has conducted outstanding research in a developing country. Researchers working in any branch of the mathematical sciences are eligible.