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Ken Ono is Named Among the Most Influential Mathematicians

Thursday, November 5, 2020

Ken Ono, Thomas Jefferson Professor of Mathematics, has been named the 15th most influential mathematician by Academic Influence. 

Academic Influence has created a list of the top 20 most influential mathematicians of the past decade.  Their rankings include mathematicians from around the world and are based upon number of citations and web presence. Academic Influence describes it methodology as follows:

"In what follows, we look at influential mathematicians over the last decade. Based on our ranking methodology, these individuals have significantly impacted the academic discipline of mathematics within 2010-2020. Influence can be produced in a variety of ways. Some have had revolutionary ideas, some may have climbed by popularity, but all are academicians primarily working in mathematics. Read more about our methodology."

"This isn’t simply a list of the most influential mathematicians alive today. Here we are focused on the number of citations and web presence of scholars in the last 10 years. There are other highly influential scholars who simply haven’t been cited and talked about as much in the last 10 years, whereas some new faces have been making a splash in the news, speaking events, and publishing, publishing, publishing. Our AI is time sensitive. To find some of the big names you might have expected to see here, we encourage you to use our dynamic ranking system and check influence over the past 20 and 50 years."

The Academic Influence list includes the following citation for Ono.

Ken Ono

Ken Ono
(1968 -  )
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

University of Virginia, Thomas Jefferson Professor of Mathematics

Number Theory, Integer Partitions, Modular Forms, Umbral Moonshine

Ken Ono currently holds the title of Thomas Jefferson Professor of Mathematics at the University of Virginia, and is also Vice President of the American Mathematical Society and Chair of the Mathematics Section in the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Previously, Ono held positions at University of Wisconsin–Madison and Emory University. Ono completed his BA at the University of Chicago in 1989, and his PhD at the University of California, Los Angeles in 1993.

Ono specializes in number theory, and is widely published, with over 160 article credits to his name. In particular, Ono is known for his expertise in integer partitions, which he has applied toward unraveling the work of famed mathematical phenom Srinivasa Ramanujan. Notably, Ono found a framework in 2014 that solves questions arising from the Rogers-Ramanujan identities. He also solved the Umbral moonshine conjecture, another Ramanujan puzzle. From this association, Ono is also considered an expert on Ramanujan, and was associate producer and mathematical consultant for the biographical movie on Ramanujan, The Man Who Knew Infinity.

Notable works from Ono include My Search for Ramanujan: How I Learned to Count.

For his work, Ono has received a variety of awards and honors, including the Prose Award for Best Scholarly Book in Mathematics, the Albert E. Levy Award for Scientific Research, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the Presidential Early Career Award.

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