The mathematician-researcher Artur Avila wins the 2014 Fields medal

Artur Avila, the 35-year old Franco-Brazilian, has been awarded the most prestigious world distinction in mathematics, the Fields Medal, often compared to the Nobel Prize, during the International Congress of Mathematicians held in Seoul (13th -21st August 2014).

Director of research for CNRS (France’s national scientific research center) at the Jussieu Institute of Mathematics in Paris, this specialist of systems dynamics has become the 12th French researcher to receive the distinction since 1936. France retains its second place behind the United States in terms of number of medals won.

He was only a 16-year old high schoolboy when he won the Gold medal at the 1995 International Mathematical Olympiad and was consequently picked by a Professor at the Institute of pure and applied mathematics in Rio de Janerio (IMPA). No sooner had he completed high school than he enrolled for a master’s programme at the IMPA where he remained till 2001 for his thesis. Afterwards, he joined the Collège de France, was awarded CNRS’ bronze medal in 2006 and, in the same year, won a scholarship at the American Clay Mathematics Institute.

This young mathematician is a specialist of systems dynamics, in other words, systems which change with time, like planets’ movement, climate or population trends. According to Artur Avila, it essentially involves “studying a system which applies the law of evolution. From a given time, with this law, we can know what is going to happen in the next moment. This law can be very simple and yet behaviours in the long run can be very complicated to describe”.

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