NEWS: Fields Medal Winners 2018

The four winners of the Fields Medal for 2018 have been announced. The Fields Medal is awarded every 4 years at an international gathering of mathematicians and is considered the Nobel Prize for Mathematics. However, there is one key difference: recipients must be 40 years old or younger.

This years recipients were announced on Wednesday 1st August at the International Congress of Mathematicians in Rio de Janeiro. They are:

  • Caucher Birker, 40, of the University of Cambridge in England: “for his proof of the boundedness of Fano varieties and for contributions to the minimal model program.”
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  • Allesio Figalli, 34, of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich: “for his contributions to the theory of optimal transport, and its application to partial differential equations, metric geometry, and probability.”
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  • Akshay Venkatesh, 36, of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton and Stanford University in California: “for his synthesis of analytic number theory, homogeneous dynamics, topology, and representation theory, which has resolved long-standing problems in areas such as the equidistribution of arithmetic objects.” Click here for more information.
  • Peter Scholze, 30 (one of the youngest recipients), of the University of Bonn in Germany: “for transforming arithmetic algebraic geometry over p-adic fields through his introduction of perfectoid spaces, with application to galois representations and for the development of new cohomology theories.” Click here for more information.
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Source: The Guardian

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