Jean Bourgain

Institute for Advanced Study

2017 Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics

For multiple transformative contributions to analysis, combinatorics, partial differential equations, high-dimensional geometry and number theory.


It is of course an immense honor for me to be awarded the Breakthrough Prize and also an occasion to thank all those who helped me along my career. Over the years I have been fortunate to interact with several truly exceptional individuals who introduced me to different subjects and from whom I learned a lot. Collaborations on all levels played an important part in my work and are greatly valued. Appointments at research institutions such as the Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques in Bures/Yvette (France) and the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton provided ideal conditions for a full dedication to mathematics. I am most grateful for their trust. Last but not least, thanks to my family for their love and continuous support over the years.

Jean Bourgain

Breakthrough Prize Symposium Talks