Nalini Anantharaman

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Nalini Anantharaman
GMF Meeting2016 MFO21279.jpg
At the MFO associate's meeting 2016, 8th from right
Born (1976-02-26) 26 February 1976 (age 43)
Education École Normale Supérieure
Alma mater Pierre and Marie Curie University
Awards Infosys Prize (2018)
Henri Poincaré Prize (2012)
Salem Prize (2011)
Grand Prix Jacques Herbrand (2011)
Scientific career
Fields Mathematical physics
Thesis Géodésiques fermées d'une surface sous contraintes homologiques[1] (2000)
Doctoral advisor François Ledrappier

Professor Nalini Anantharaman (born 26 February 1976) is a French mathematician who has won major prizes including the Henri Poincaré Prize in 2012.


Nalini Florence Anantharaman was born in Paris in 1976 to two mathematicians. Her father and her mother are Professors at the University of Orléans. She entered Ecole Normale Supérieure in 1994. She completed her Ph.D in Paris under the supervision of François Ledrappier in 2000 at Université Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris 6).[2] She served as associate professor at Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon, and Ecole Polytechnique (Palaiseau).[3]

She became a full Professor, at the University of Paris-Sud, Orsay in 2009 following time out at the University of California in Berkeley in the year before as a Visiting Miller professor.[4] From January to June 2013 she was in Princeton at the Institute for Advanced Study.[2] She is now a Professor at Université de Strasbourg.

In 2012 she won the Henri Poincaré Prize for mathematical physics that she shared with Freeman Dyson, Barry Simon and fellow French woman Sylvia Serfaty.[5] Anantharaman was included for her work in "quantum chaos, dynamical systems and Schrödinger equation, including a remarkable advance in the problem of quantum unique ergodicity".[6] In 2011 she won the Salem Prize which is awarded for work associated with the Fourier Series. She also took the Grand Prix Jacques Herbrand [fr] from the French Academy of Sciences in 2011.[3][7] In 2015, Nalini was elected to be a member of the Academia Europaea.[8] She was an invited plenary speaker at the 2018 International Congress of Mathematicians.[9]

In 2018, for her work related to “Quantum Chaos”, Nalini won the Infosys Prize (in Mathematical Sciences category), one of the highest monetary awards in India that recognize excellence in science and research.[10]

Selected writings

  • Entropy and localization of eigenfunctions, Annals of Mathematics, Volume 168, 2008, pp. 435–475
  • with Stéphane Nonnenmacher [de], Herbert Koch Entropy of self-Functions, Proc. Boarding. Congress Mathem. Physics 2006
  • with Nonnenmacher, Half-delocalization of eigenfunctions for the Laplacian on to Anosov manifold, Annales Inst Fourier, Volume 57, 2007, pp. 2465–2523


  1. ^ MGP
  2. ^ a b Nalini Anantharaman, Institute of Advanced Study, retrieved 18 February 2014
  3. ^ a b Nalini Anantharaman or the Pleasure of Exploring Unknown Areas of Mathematics, Archived 2014-02-22 at the Wayback Machine, retrieved 18 February 2014
  4. ^ Nalini Anantharaman, University at Orsay, retrieved 18 February 2014
  5. ^ Henri Poincare Prize list,, retrieved 18 February 2014
  6. ^ Citation,, retrieved 18 February 2014
  7. ^ 2011-2013 awards
  8. ^ "Interview: 'If We Want New Revolutions, We Need New Abstract Concepts as Well'". The Wire. Retrieved 2019-04-01.
  9. ^ "Plenary lectures", ICM 2018, retrieved 2018-08-08
  10. ^ "Infosys Prize - Laureates 2018 - Prof. Nalini Anantharaman". Retrieved 2019-01-22.
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