Mudumbai Sechachalu Narasimhan was born in India in 1932 and educated in Madras and Bombay (Mumbai). He served as Professor of Mathematics at India’s preeminent Tata Institute of Fundamental Research for more than 25 years, and was named Professor of Eminence at the Institute in 1990. Between 1993-1999, he was Director of Mathematics at the International Center for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) in Trieste, Italy. Under his leadership, the center became internationally recognized for its excellence in algebraic geometry, and for providing training and research opportunities for hundreds of researchers and students from various countries. From 2000-2003, Narasimhan was Visiting Professor at the International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA). in Trieste. He is currently Honorary Fellow of the Tata Institute and Staff Associate at the ICTP.
Narasimhan’s work is primarily in algebraic geometry, particularly the theory of holomorphic vector bundles on compact Riemann surfaces. However, over the past 35 years, his work covered nearly all other aspects of mathematics, while maintaining its high originality and impeccable taste, and links with the works of the greatest mathematicians.
Narasimhan’s brilliant career as a mathematician and educator took him to major universities and institutions worldwide, and won him the admiration of the entire community of mathematicians. In addition to King Faisal International Prize for Science, he was recognized by other prestigious national and international honors. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of London, a Chevalier de l’ordre National du Merite (France) and a recipient of the Padma Bhushan, awarded by the President of India. He was President of the National Board for Higher Mathematics in India, President of the International Mathematical Union’s Commission on Development and Exchange, Vice-President of the International Center of Pure and Applied Mathematics in France and member of the Executive Committee of the International Mathematical Union. In 2002, a special symposium entitled “A Colloquium in Geometry” was held in honor of Narasimhan’s 70th birthday, in which his students and peers discussed his enormous contributions to mathematics.
Professor Mudumbai S. Narasimhan, has been awarded the prize, for his seminal contributions to theories which have strengthened the links between mathematics and physics, and helped provide a rigorous foundation for physical theories giving a very’ good description of the laws of matter at the sub-nuclear level. This has helped establish strong ties with the formulation of quantum chromodynamics.