Jean Bourgain

Jean Bourgain
Jean Bourgain
Born (1954-02-28) 28 February 1954
Ostend, Belgium
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)
Scientific career
Fields Mathematics
Institutions Institute for Advanced Study
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
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]; born 28 February 1954) is a Belgian mathematician. He has been a faculty member at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and, from 1985 until 1995, professor at Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques at Bures-sur-Yvette in France, and since 1994 at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey.[1] He is currently an editor for the Annals of Mathematics. From 2012–2014, he was appointed a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley.[2]


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.[3][4]

In 2009 Bourgain was elected a foreign member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.[5]

In 2010, he received the Shaw Prize in Mathematics.[6]

In 2012, he and Terence Tao received the Crafoord Prize in Mathematics from the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.[7]

In 2016, he received the 2017 Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics.[8]


  1. Biography: Jean Bourgain Archived 27 August 2011 at the Wayback Machine., University of St Andrews, Scotland
  2. "Jean Bourgain | Department of Mathematics at University of California Berkeley". Retrieved 2016-04-23.
  3. 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.
  4. Tao, Terence (March 2001). "From Rotating Needles to Stability of Waves: Emerging Connections between Combinatorics, Analysis and PDE" (PDF). Notices of the AMS. 48 (3): 297–303.
  5. Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences: Many new members elected to the Academy, press release on 12 February 2009
  6. Shaw Prize Press Release
  7. Crafoord Press Release on 19 January 2012
  8. Breakthrough Prize Press Release
  • MathSciNet: "Items authored by Bourgain, Jean."
  • O'Connor, John J.; Robertson, Edmund F., "Jean Bourgain", MacTutor History of Mathematics archive, University of St Andrews ..

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