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educationist , Mathematician , university professor

Elon Lindenstrauss is an Israeli mathematician, and a winner of the 2010 Fields Medal.


Lindenstrauss was born into an Israeli-Jewish family with German origins. He was also born into a mathematical family, the son of the mathematician Joram Lindenstrauss, the namesake of the Johnson–Lindenstrauss lemma, and computer scientist Naomi Lindenstrauss, both professors at the Hebrew University.


He attended the Hebrew University Secondary School. He enlisted to the IDF's Talpiot program, and studied at the Hebrew University, where he earned his BSc in Mathematics and Physics in 1991 and his Master's degree in Mathematics in 1995. In 1999 he finished his Ph.D., his thesis being "Entropy properties of dynamical systems", under the guidance of Prof.

Benjamin Weiss.


Since 2004, he has been a professor at Princeton University. In 2009, he was appointed to Professor at the Mathematics Institute at the Hebrew University. He was a member at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, then a Szego Assistant Prof. at Stanford University.

Lindenstrauss works in the area of dynamics, particularly in the area of ergodic theory and its applications in number theory. With Anatole Katok and Manfred Einsiedler, he made progress on the Littlewood conjecture. In a series of two papers (one co-authored with Jean Bourgain) he made major progress on Peter Sarnak's Arithmetic Quantum Unique Ergodicity conjecture.

The proof of the conjecture was completed by Kannan Soundararajan. Recently with Manfred Einsiedler, Philippe Michel and Akshay Venkatesh, he studied distributions of torus periodic orbits in some arithmetic spaces, generalizing theorems by Hermann Minkowski and Yuri Linnik. Together with Benjamin Weiss he developed and studied systematically the invariant of mean dimension introduced in 1999 by Mikhail Gromov.

Among his co-authors are Jean Bourgain, Manfred Einsiedler, Philippe Michel, Shahar Mozes, Akshay Venkatesh and Barak Weiss.


  • In 1988, Lindenstrauss represented Israel in the International Mathematical Olympiad and won a bronze medal.\r\nDuring his service in the IDF, he was awarded the Israel Defense Prize.\r\nIn 2003, he was awarded the Salem Prize jointly with Kannan Soundararajan.\r\nIn 2004, he was awarded the European Mathematical Society Prize.\r\nIn 2008, he received the Michael Bruno Memorial Award.\r\nIn 2009, he was awarded the Erdős Prize.\r\nIn 2009, he received the Fermat Prize.\r\nIn 2010, he became the first Israeli to be awarded the Fields Medal, for his results on measure rigidity in ergodic theory, and their applications to number theory.


Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities.


Married Abigail Lindenstrauss, November 1997. Children: Noga, Zohar.

Joram Lindenstrauss Lindenstrauss

Abigail Lindenstrauss

Zohar Lindenstrauss

Noga Lindenstrauss