Russian wins Fields Medal

A Frenchman and a Russian living in the USA have been awarded the Fields Medal 2002, which is considered as the equivalent for the Nobel Prize in the area of mathematics.

The names of Laurent Lafforgue and Vladimir Voevodsky were revealed for the prize, which is given every four years to mathematicians under 40 years of age, at the opening ceremony of the International Congress for Mathematicians, in Beijing. They had been nominated by the National Centre of Scientific Investigation, USA and the Institute of High Scientific Studies, in Paris.


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