Tim Austin, UCLA associate professor of mathematics, has been selected to receive a 2020 New Horizons Prize for his research achievements. Austin will be honored with the $100,000 prize at the eighth annual Breakthrough Prize awards ceremony on Nov. 3, at NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California.
Austin’s research expertise includes harmonic analysis, probability theory, rigorous statistical mechanics and ergodic theory, which is a branch of mathematics whose development was inspired by problems in statistical physics. Austin is being honored for “multiple contributions to ergodic theory, most notably the solution of the weak Pinsker conjecture.” In March, Quanta magazine praised his research on the “weak Pinsker conjecture” as “one of the most sweeping results in mathematics in recent years.”
The award was announced this month by the Breakthrough Prize Foundation and its founding sponsors: Sergey Brin, Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg, Ma Huateng, Yuri and Julia Milner and Anne Wojcicki.
Austin earned his doctorate in mathematics in 2010 from UCLA, and he joined UCLA’s faculty in 2017.