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Warwick mathematician awarded world’s most prestigious mathematics award

martin Professor Martin Hairer Regius Professor of Mathematics in the University of Warwick’s Mathematics Institute 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.”

He received the medal on the 13th of August at the 2014 International Congress of Mathematicians 2014 currently being held in Seoul in the Republic of Korea. The Fields Medal is internationally regarded as the world’s most prestigious award in the field of mathematics.

Warwick’s 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".

The 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 and is named after Professor J. C. Fields, a Canadian mathematician who was Secretary of the 1924 International Congress of Mathematicians.

In April this year Professor Hairer was also appointed to be Warwick Mathematic Institute's first ever Regius Professorship following the award to the Mathematics Institute of a prestigious Regius Professorship by the Queen to mark her Diamond Jubilee.

During his career Martin Hairer has won the Junior Whitehead Prize, London Mathematical Society (2008); the Philip Leverhulme Prize (2008); the Wolfson Research Merit Award (2009) and the Leverhulme Research Leadership Award (2012-2017). He was also a Laureate of the 2013 Fermat Prize, Institut de Mathématiques de Toulouse (2013), the Fröhlich Prize of the London Mathematical Society (2014), and he holds a five-year Consolidator grant from the European Research Council (2014-2018). He was elected Fellow of the Royal Society in 2014.


Quanta magazine article
Video of Martin Hairer's work

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PR211 PJD 13th August 2014