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Press Release 14-097

Best in their 'Field'

NSF-funded mathematicians stand out at International Congress of Mathematicians

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Front of the Fields Medal

The Fields Medal was awarded to four mathematicians on Aug. 13, 2014, at the opening ceremony of the International Congress of Mathematicians, hosted by Seoul, Korea. The award, given every four years and considered by many to be the most prestigious in mathematics, recognizes outstanding mathematical achievement for both existing work and the promise of future achievement.

Credit: Stefan Zachow


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Photo of Manjul Bhargava

Manjul Bhargava of Princeton University was awarded the Fields Medal "for developing powerful new methods in the geometry of numbers." Widely considered the top honor in mathematics, the Fields Medal is awarded every four years at the International Congress of Mathematicians to recognize outstanding mathematical achievement for existing work and for the promise of future achievement.

Credit: Manjul Bhargava, Princeton University


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Photo of Maryam Mirzakhani

Maryam Mirzakhani was awarded the 2014 Fields Medal for "her outstanding contributions to the dynamics and geometry of Riemann surfaces and their moduli spaces." She is the first woman in the prize's 80-year history to earn the distinction. The Fields Medal is awarded every four years on the occasion of the International Congress of Mathematicians to recognize outstanding mathematical achievement for existing work and for the promise of future achievement.

Credit: Courtesy of Maryam Mirzakhani


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