Professor Akshay Venkatesh is one of sixteen named Simons Investigators for 2018. Professor Venkatesh is one of three named in Mathematics. The Simons Foundation describes the major focus of his work being “the topology of locally symmetric spaces, in particular on new phenomena that occur when ones leave the setting of Shimura varieties.” Professor Venktatesh joins Stanford Physics professor Xiao-Liange Qi in this year’s group of Simons Investigators.
Simons Investigators are outstanding theoretical scientists who receive a stable base of research support from the foundation. Nominations are accepted from Universities in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Ireland. Simons Investigators are appointed for an initial period of five years with an annual research support gift of $100,000. Investigators are able to use this funding in any way that supports their research.
You can read more about the Simons Investigators program and the Simons Foundation on their website