University Awards
Recognising Excellence
  • Number theory
  • Representation theory
  • Formulated precise conjectures for answers in terms of local root numbers and the central value of L-functions for an important class of restriction problems for representations and automorphic forms of all classical groups
  • Established the precise behaviour of the formal degrees of discrete series representations under the local theta correspondence, leading to many other findings and breakthroughs
  • Successfully validated the well-known 40-year-old Howe duality conjecture, which lies at the very foundation of the theory of theta correspondence
  • Conceived the general Siegel-Weil formula and the Rallis inner product formula, an advancement that sparked many applications in the theory of automorphic forms and L-functions
  • Strong ability to work with and inspire others who complement his strengths
  • Attention to detail and willingness to question
  • Published several papers in leading mathematical journals resolving a number of longstanding conjectures
  • Invited to deliver a lecture in the Number Theory section of the International Congress of Mathematicians in 2014
  • Serves on the editorial boards of leading international journals, such as International Mathematics Research Notices and International Journal of Number Theory, and acts as a referee for many others, including Annals of Mathematics and American Journal of Mathematics
  • Provost’s Chair Professorship, NUS (2013)
  • Sloan Research Fellowship (2003)
  • American Mathematical Society Centennial Fellowship (2002)
“On a non-technical level: To achieve a balance between solving problems and opening up new avenues of research.”