Vietnam professor wins int'l mathematics prize

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A Vietnamese professor and his two foreign co-authors have been granted an international mathematics prize for a paper they published in 2008.

Prof. Vu Ha Van, Swede Anders Johansson and American Jeff Kahn, were named the winners of the Fulkerson Prize at the 21st International Symposium on Mathematical Programming, held in Berlin, Germany August 19-24.

Their winning article "Factors in random graphs" was published in the journal Random Structures and Algorithms, issue 33, 2008.

The triennial prize, founded by the Mathematical Optimization Society and the American Mathematical Society in 1979, was also granted to five other scientists who penned two other papers.

Prof. Lászlo Lovász, a Hungarian, who instructed Van, 42, on his doctorate thesis at the US-owned Yale University between 1994 and 1998, was also among the winners.

Working at Yale University since 2011, Van won the George Polya Prize, founded in 1969 by the US Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, in 2008.

Earlier, the Yale doctorate holder worked at American universities and research institutes such as Rutgers University and Microsoft Research.

He is now a member of the Scientific Council of the Vietnam Institute for Advanced Study in Mathematics, headed by Prof. Ngo Bao Chau, who won the Fields Medal, the most prestigious prize in mathematics.

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