IMU-Net 66b : Special issue on IMU Prizes and Medals at ICM 2014 in Seoul
The highest point of the International Congress of Mathematicians is
the announcement of prize winners at the opening ceremony. This just
occurred on August 13, 2014 in Seoul, Korea, where the President of
Korea, Park Geun-hye, presented the IMU awards (a medal and a cheque
for each of the prize winners): Fields Medal, Rolf Nevanlinna Prize,
Carl Friedrich Gauss Prize, Chern Medal and Leelavati Prize. The 2014
prize winners are:
FIELDS MEDAL (recognizing outstanding mathematical achievement):
recipients are listed in alphabetical order of last names:
- Artur Avila of CNRS Paris (France) and IMPA (Brasil)
for his profound contributions to dynamical systems theory, which have
changed the face of the field, using the powerful idea of
renormalization as a unifying principle
- Manjul Bhargava of Princeton University (USA)
for developing powerful new methods in the geometry of numbers, which
he applied to count rings of small rank and to bound the average rank
of elliptic curves.
- Martin Hairer of Warwick University (UK)
for his outstanding contributions to the theory of stochastic partial
differential equations, and in particular for the creation of a theory
of regularity structures for such equations.
- Maryam Mirzakhani of Stanford University (USA)
for her outstanding contributions to the dynamics and geometry of
Riemann surfaces and their moduli spaces.
ROLF NEVANLINNA PRIZE (honoring distinguished achievements in
mathematical aspects of information science):
- Subhash Khot of New York University (USA)
for his prescient definition of the “Unique Games” problem,and
leading the effort to understand its complexity and its pivotal role
in the study of efficient approximation of optimization problems; his
work has led to breakthroughs in algorithmic design and approximation
hardness, and to new exciting interactions between computational
complexity, analysis and geometry.
CARL FRIEDRICH GAUSS PRIZE (for outstanding mathematical contributions
with significant impact outside of mathematics):
- Stanley Osher of University of California (USA)
for his influential contributions to several fields in applied
mathematics, and for his far-ranging inventions that have changed our
conception of physical, perceptual, and mathematical concepts, giving
us new tools to apprehend the world.
CHERN MEDAL (awarded to an individual whose accomplishments warrant
the highest level of recognition for outstanding achievements in the
field of mathematics):
- Phillip Griffiths of Institute of Advanced Studies (USA)
for his groundbreaking and transformative development of
transcendental methods in complex geometry, particularly his seminal
work in Hodge theory and periods of algebraic varieties.
LEELAVATI PRIZE, sponsored by Infosys (for outstanding contributions
to public outreach in mathematics by an individual):
- Adrian Paenza of Buenos Aires University (Argentina)
for his decisive contributions to changing the mind of a whole country
about the way it perceives mathematics in daily life, and in
particular for his books, his TV programs, and his unique gift of
enthusiasm and passion in communicating the beauty and joy of
More details on the prizes including biodata, laudations, and work
profiles of the prize winners, can be found at:
The following page
provides access to the PowerPoint presentation shown in the award
ceremony and lists the members of the various prize selection
Details about the physical medals and the cash awards can be found at
The ICM is also hosting the ICM EMMY NOETHER LECTURE. The 2014
lecturer is Georgia Benkart from the University of Wisconsin, for her
fundamental contributions to several branches of Lie theory.
IMU and the international mathematical community congratulate the winners!