French President congratulates Artur Avila for the Fields Medal


President François Hollande congratulates Artur Ávila for the Fields Medal:

«I warmly congratulate Artur Ávila, who has just been conferred the Fields Medal, the highest award in the field of Mathematics. His work has dealt with the dynamical systems theory. Artur Ávila is a CNRS Research Director at the University of Paris-Denis Diderot. Born in Rio de Janeiro and now the holder of dual citizenship, he also illustrates the attraction France exerts in research.This reaffirms the leading role that French mathematicians play at the global level.»

Thirty-five-year-old French-Brazilian mathematician Artur Ávila was conferred the Fields Medal on Wednesday, 13 August 2014 in Seoul. Thanks to him, France, along with the United States, continues to occupy the topmost rung of countries distinguished with what is considered to be the Nobel for mathematics, the Fields Medal.

The fourteenth French mathematician to be awarded the holy grail of mathematics, Artur Ávila succeeds Ngo Bao Chau and Cédric Villani, the French laureates of the 2010 Fields Medal. Born in Rio de Janeiro, Ávila was educated in Brazil. He started his doctoral studies there, but completed his thesis in France, enrolling first at the Collège de France in the team of Jean-Christophe Yoccoz (1994 Fields Medal), then the CNRS, where he now works as Research Director. He also divides his time between Brazil at the Instituto Nacional de Matemática Pura e Aplicada (National Institute of Pure and Applied Mathematics), and France, at the Institut de mathématiques de Jussieu, University of Paris-Denis Diderot.

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