Hirosi Ooguri, the Fred Kavli Professor of Theoretical Physics and Mathematics and founding director of the Walter Burke Institute for Theoretical Physics, will be the 2016 recipient of the Chunichi Cultural Award.
Caltech professor of mathematics Nets Katz has received the 2015 Clay Research Award from the Clay Mathematics Institute. The award was given jointly to Katz and an MIT collaborator for their solution of the Erdős distance problem and for "other joint and separate contributions to combinatorial incidence geometry."
Vladimir Markovic, the John D. MacArthur Professor of Mathematics at Caltech, has been named a fellow of Great Britain's Royal Society. Markovic's election brings to seven the number of fellows and foreign members of the Royal Society currently on the Caltech faculty.
Raised in Grand Prairie, Texas, Nets Katz began pursuing mathematics at an early age, earning a bachelor's degree at the age of 17 and a doctorate at 20. He joined the faculty at Caltech in January 2013.