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The University of Cambridge has announced the winner of one of its oldest and most prestigious prizes.

The Adams Prize is awarded jointly each year by the Faculty of Mathematics and St John’s College to UK-based researchers, under the age of 40, doing first class international research in the Mathematical Sciences.

This year’s topic was “Number Theory”, and the prize has been awarded to Professor Jack Thorne of the University of Cambridge.

Professor Emmanuel Breuillard, Chair of the Adams Prize Adjudicators, said:

Professor Jack Thorne is awarded the 2022 Adams Prize for his deep and innovative contributions to the Langlands programme. Among his achievements are the construction (with Harris, Lan and Taylor) of Galois representations attached to automorphic forms over CM fields, and his work on automorphy of symmetric power L-functions, culminating in his spectacular proof (with James Newton) of the modularity conjecture for all symmetric powers of classical cusp forms.

The Adams Prize is named after the mathematician John Couch Adams and was endowed by members of St John’s College. It is currently worth approximately £25,000. It commemorates Adams’s role in the discovery of the planet Neptune, through calculation of the discrepancies in the orbit of Uranus.

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