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Warwick mathematician receives prestigious award

Professor Martin Hairer Regius Professor of Mathematics in the University of Warwick’s Mathematics Institute Professor Martin Hairer, Regius Professor of Mathematics, has been awarded the Fields Medal, the world’s most prestigious mathematics award, for his "Outstanding contributions to the theory of stochastic partial differential equations, and in particular for the creation of a theory of regularity structures for such equations."

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. The Medal is internationally regarded as the world’s most prestigious award in the field of mathematics, with only four awarded in 2014.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Nigel Thrift said:

We are delighted with this award to Professor Martin Hairer. It is an exceptional honour which some have described as the equivalent of the 'Nobel Prize for Mathematics'.

Fields MedalProfessor Hairer received the medal on 13 August 2014 at the International Congress of Mathematicians in Seoul in the Republic of Korea. The Medal is named after Professor J. C. Fields, a Canadian mathematician who was Secretary of the 1924 International Congress of Mathematicians.

Professor Hairer has been a valued member of the Warwick Mathematics Institute for 11 years and in April this year he was also appointed to be the Institute's first ever Regius Professor, following the award to the Mathematics Institute of a prestigious Regius Professorship by the Queen to mark her Diamond Jubilee.

Read a Quanta magazine article about Martin Hairer and his work

Blog about the iconography of the Fields Medal

Watch a video about his work