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Fields Medals 1936

Lars Valerian AHLFORS


born April 18, 1907, Helsinki
University of Helsinki

Awarded medal for research on covering surfaces related to Riemann surfaces of inverse functions of entire and meromorphic functions. Opened up a new field of analysis.



born July 3, 1897, New York City
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Did important work of the Plateau problem which is concerned with finding minimal surfaces connecting and determined by some fixed boundary.

Reproduced from

Albers, Donald J.; Alexanderson, G. L.; Reid, Constance:
International mathematical congresses. An illustrated history 1893 - 1986
Rev. ed. including ICM 1986. Springer-Verlag, New York, 1986

with friendly permission from Springer Verlag