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Fields Medals 1962


HoermanderL.gifborn January 24, 1931, Mjällby/Blekinge, Sweden
Stockholm University

Worked in partial diffential equations. Specifically, contributed to the general theory of linear differential operators. The questions go back to one of Hilbert's problems at the 1900 congress.

John Willard MILNOR

MilnorJF.gifborn February 20, 1931, Orange, New Jersey
Princeton University

Proved that a 7-dimensional sphere can have several differential structures; this led to the creation of the field of differential topology.

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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