2 Vietnamese scientists get funding from US foundation

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Prof. Dam Thanh Son (L) and Prof. Ngo Bao Chau are among 13 scientists whose studies will be funded by the US-based Simons Foundation

Renowned Vietnamese scientists Ngo Bao Chau and Dam Thanh Son have been named among 13 people from around the world to receive educational funding of US$100,000 a year from an American foundation.

The list of awardees of the Simons Investigators 2013, a program by the Simons Foundation to fund the studies of mathematicians, theoretical physicists, and theoretical computer scientists, is in the organization's website.

The foundation said mathematician Chau has ideas that have "inspired work in many areas, including mathematical physics and geometric representation theory."

Son is "one of the rare theorists whose work has deep impact across several subfields of physics."

Both are now lecturers at the University of Chicago in the US.

Speaking to Thanh Nien, Chau, who won the Fields Medal considered the Nobel Prize in mathematics in 2010, said the funding is for five years, and sometimes extended for another five.

It would help make his studies "more convenient" and facilitate research at the University of Chicago's mathematics department, he said.

Scientists do not apply for the funding, but are nominated by the universities where they work, he explained.

Established by mathematician James Simons and his wife in 1994, the New York City-based foundation supports the work of scientists around the world.

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