On 9 September 2021, Professor Takuro Mochizuki of the Research Institute for Mathematical Sciences (RIMS) was announced as the winner of the 2022 Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics. Mochizuki was recognized for advancing the understanding of holonomic D-modules through his research on harmonic bundles and twister D-modules, which he has studied at the "interface of algebraic geometry and differential geometry".
The Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics was established in 2014 at the proposal of Yuri Milner as an annual award from the Breakthrough Prize Board, established in part by Google and Facebook cofounders Sergey Brin and Mark Zuckerberg.
Professor Mochizuki is the first Japanese national to win the prize in mathematics.
Winners Of The 2022 Breakthrough Prizes In Life Sciences, Fundamental Physics And Mathematics Announced