Born in 1977 in Lima (Peru), Harald Helfgott studied mathematics at Brandeis University. He received his Ph.D. from Princeton University in 2003 under the direction of Henryk Iwaniec, with the thesis Root numbers and the parity problem. He is currently a researcher (CR1) at the CNRS/Ecole Normale Supérieure (Paris). His interests range throughout number theory, discrete mathematics and several other subjects.
In 2008, he was awarded the Leverhulme Mathematics Price.
In June 2010, he received the Whitehead Prize by the London Mathematical Society.
In February 2011, he was awarded the Adams Prize jointly with Tom Sanders.
In 2013, Harald Helfgott released two papers claiming a proof of Goldbach's weak conjecture.
In number theory, Goldbach's weak conjecture, also known as the odd Goldbach conjecture, the ternary Goldbach problem, or the 3-primes problem, states that every odd number greater than 7 can be expressed as the sum of three primes.
Watch Harald Helfgott's lecture on Goldbach's weak conjecture :