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

mathematics.

More details on the prizes including biodata, laudations, and work

profiles of the prize winners, can be found at:

http://www.icm2014.org/prizes

The following page

www.mathunion.org/general/prizes

provides access to the PowerPoint presentation shown in the award

ceremony and lists the members of the various prize selection

committees.

Details about the physical medals and the cash awards can be found at

www.mathunion.org/general/prizes/physical-medals-and-cash-awards

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!

Editor: Mireille Chaleyat-Maurel, University Paris Descartes, Paris, France