Jean Bourgain

Belgian mathematician and Fields Medalist (1954-2018)

Jean Bourgain (28 February 1954 – 22 December 2018) was a Belgian mathematician. He was a professor at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and Institut des hautes études scientifiques at Bures-sur-Yvette in France. From 1994 until his death he has worked at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey.[1] He was an editor for the Annals of Mathematics.

Jean Bourgain
Jean Bourgain
Born(1954-02-28)28 February 1954
Died22 December 2018(2018-12-22) (aged 64)
Bonheiden, Belgium
Alma materVrije Universiteit Brussel
Known forAnalytic number theory
Harmonic analysis
Ergodic theory
Banach spaces
Partial differential equations
AwardsSalem Prize (1983)
Fields Medal (1994)
Shaw Prize (2010)
Crafoord Prize (2012)
Scientific career
InstitutionsInstitute for Advanced Study
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Doctoral advisorFreddy Delbaen
Doctoral studentsJames Colliander
InfluencesLaurent Schwartz
Bernard Maurey
Gilles Pisier
Vitali Milman
InfluencedTerence Tao

He received his Ph.D. from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel in 1977.

He received the Fields Medal in 1994. In 2009 Bourgain was elected a foreign member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.[2] In 2010 he received the Shaw Prize in Mathematics.[3] In 2012 he and Terence Tao received the Crafoord Prize in Mathematics from the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.[4]

Bourgain died on 22 December 2018 in Bonheiden, Belgium at the age of 64.[5]


  1. Biography: Jean Bourgain Archived 2011-08-27 at the Wayback Machine, University of St Andrews, Scotland
  2. Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences: Many new members elected to the Academy Archived 2018-07-10 at the Wayback Machine, press release on 12 February 2009
  3. "Shaw Prize Press Release". Archived from the original on 2010-07-04. Retrieved 2012-06-28.
  4. Crafoord Press Release Archived 2012-12-27 at the Wayback Machine on 19 January 2012
  5. Décès du mathématicien Jean Bourgain (in French)