Varghese Mathai

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Mathai Varghese is a mathematician at the University of Adelaide. His first most influential contribution is the Mathai–Quillen formalism,[6] which he formulated together with Daniel Quillen, and which has since found applications in index theory and topological quantum field theory. He was appointed a full professor in 2006. He was appointed Director of the Institute for Geometry and its Applications in 2009. In 2011, he was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science.[7] In 2013, he was appointed the (Sir Thomas) Elder Professor of Mathematics at the University of Adelaide, and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of South Australia. In 2017, he was awarded an ARC Australian Laureate Fellowship.[8] In 2021, he was awarded the prestigious Hannan Medal[9] and Lecture from the Australian Academy of Science, recognizing an outstanding career in Mathematics. In 2021, he was also awarded the prestigious George Szekeres Medal[10] which is the Australian Mathematical Society’s most prestigious medal, recognising research achievement and an outstanding record of promoting and supporting the discipline.

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Varghese Mathai
NationalityFlag_of_Australia.svg Australian
Alma materIllinois Institute of Technology B.A. (1981)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Ph.D. (1986)
Known forMathai-Quillen formalism
T-duality in a background flux
Fractional and Projective Index theory
AwardsAustralian Mathematical Society Medal[1] (2000)

Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science.[2] (2011)
ARC Australian Laureate Fellowship.[3] (2018-2023)
Hannan Medal[4] (2021)

George Szekeres Medal[5] (2021)
Scientific career
FieldsPure mathematics, Mathematical Physics
InstitutionsElder Professor of Mathematics, The University of Adelaide
ThesisHeat Kernels, Thom Classes and the Index Theorem for Imbeddings (1986)
Doctoral advisorDaniel G. Quillen