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Press Statement 18-010

Statement on the awarding of the 2018 Fields Medal

Anne Kinney, head of NSF’s Mathematical and Physical Sciences directorate, issues statement

The 14-carat gold Fields Medal

The Fields Medal was awarded to four mathematicians on Aug. 1, 2018.

August 1, 2018

On Aug. 1, the International Congress of Mathematicians (ICM) announced the recipients of its Fields Medal, one of the most prestigious prizes in mathematics, along with the similarly prestigious Nevanlinna Prize and the Gauss Prize, the latter co-awarded by the Deutsche Mathematiker-Vereinigung. Anne Kinney, head of NSF's Mathematical and Physical Sciences directorate, issued the following statement:

Congratulations to the winners of the 2018 Fields Medal, including Akshay Venkatesh and Alessio Figalli, whose work NSF has supported. The medal honors outstanding young mathematicians and is among the most prestigious in the field. NSF is proud to have supported these individuals from the earliest stages of their careers. NSF also funded work by two additional mathematicians honored at the ICM ceremony today: Constantinos Daskalakis, winner of the Nevanlinna Prize, and David Donoho, winner of the Gauss Prize. For generations of mathematicians, NSF has been the leading supporter of groundbreaking research at every career stage, and the agency is proud to once again honor grantees who have transformed this field.


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