Robert Langlands, born 1936 is currently a Professor at the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) at Princeton. Born in Canada, Professor Langlands attended the University of British Columbia gaining an undergraduate degree in 1957 and the MSc in 1958. In 1960 he received his PhD from Yale University. He taught at Princeton and Yale before moving to IAS in 1972. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of London, the Royal Society of Canada and the US National Academy of Sciences.

Richard Taylor, born 1962 is currently the Herchel Smith Professor of Mathematics at Harvard University, a post he has held since 2002. Professor Taylor was born in England. He received his BA from Cambridge University in 1984 and his PhD from Princeton University 4 years later. He taught at Cambridge University from 1989 to 1995 and held the Savilian Chair of Geometry at Oxford University from 1995 to 1996. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of London.

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