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Mathematics fields medal prize winner makes France proud

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Artur Avila, a research director at France's Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) is one of four people to win the most prestigious prize in the world of mathematics for 2014.

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35-year-old Brazilian-born Artur Avila spends half his time in France and the other half in Brazil, as he conducts groundbreaking research on dynamical systems and analysis.

According to the International Mathematical Union which awards the fields medals every four years, “Avila brings formidable technical power, the ingenuity and tenacity of a master problem-solver, and an unerring sense for deep and significant questions.”

This most prestigious prize in the world of mathematics, considered to be equivalent to the Nobel prizes, is awarded to researchers under the age of 40 to recognize outstanding mathematical achievement .

Avila was naturalized as a French citizen last year. With this award France becomes the country with the second highest number of fields medal prize winners, after the United States.

In 2008, at 29 Avila was the youngest ever research director at Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS).

Avila has received the following prizes during his career:

The Salem Prize (2006), the European Mathematical Society Prize (2008), the Grand Prix Jacques Herbrand of the French Academy of Sciences (2009), the Michael Brin Prize (2011), the Premio of the Sociedade Brasileira de Matematica (2013), and the TWAS Prize in Mathematics (2013) of the World Academy of Sciences.

The other recipients of the 2014 Fields Medals Prizes are Manjul Bhargava, Martin Hairer and Maryam Mirzakhani, the first ever woman to receive the prize.

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