Elon Lindenstrauss is a professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem's Einstein Institute of Mathematics and the first Israeli to receive the Fields Medal, considered the Nobel Prize of Mathematics, awarded to him in August 2010 in Hyderabad, India.
Lindenstrauss was born on August 1, 1970 in Jerusalem and is the son of Prof. Joram Lindenstrauss, who also taught at the Einstein Institute and received the Israel Prize for his work. He graduated from the Talpiot program for outstanding students in the Israeli Air Force, is a reserve major in the IDF and a winner of the Israel Defense Prize. He earned his bachelor's degree in mathematics and physics in 1991, his master's degree in mathematics in 1995 and his doctorate in mathematics in 1999, all at Hebrew University. He did post-doctoral work at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton University and at Stanford University and became a professor at Princeton in 2004. He began teaching at Hebrew University's Einstein Institute in 2008.
Lindenstrauss was awarded the 2010 Fields Medal for for his results on measure rigidity in ergodic theory, and their applications to number theory. His other awards include the Erdos Prize of the Israel Mathematical Union for 2009, the Haim Nessyahu Prize in Mathematics for his doctoral research in 2001, the Salem Prize for young mathematicians in 2003, the European Mathematical Society Prize in 2004 and the Fermat Prize for Mathematics of the Toulouse Mathematics Institute.
Lindenstrauss is married with three children and lives in Jerusalem.