


Fields Medal
The Fields Medal is a prize awarded to up to four mathematicians (not over forty years of age) at each International Congress of International Mathematical Union, since 1936 and regularly since 1948 at the initiative of the Canadian mathematician John Charles Fields. The purpose is to give recognition and support to young mathematical researchers having already made important contributions.
Year 
Location 
Winners 
2002

Beijing, China

Laurent Lafforgue, Vladimir Voevodsky


1998

Berlin, Germany

Richard Ewen Borcherds, William Timothy Gowers, Maxim Kontsevich, Curtis T. McMullen


1994

Zürich, Switzerland

Efim Isakovich Zelmanov, PierreLouis Lions, Jean Bourgain, JeanChristophe Yoccoz


1990

Kyoto, Japan

Vladimir Drinfeld, Vaughan Frederick Randal Jones, Shigefumi Mori, Edward Witten


1986

Berkeley, California, USA

Simon Donaldson, Gerd Faltings, Michael Freedman


1982

Warsaw, Poland

Alain Connes, William Thurston, ShingTung Yau


1978

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Pierre Deligne, Charles Fefferman, Grigory Margulis, Daniel Quillen


1974

Helsinki, Finland

Enrico Bombieri, David Mumford


1970

Nice, France

Alan Baker, Heisuke Hironaka, Sergei Petrovich Novikov, John Griggs Thompson


1966

Moscow, Russia

Michael Francis Atiyah, Paul Joseph Cohen, Alexander Grothendieck, Stephen Smale


1962

Stockholm, Sweden

Lars Hörmander, John Milnor


1958

Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom

Klaus Roth, Rene Thom


1954

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Kunihiko Kodaira, JeanPierre Serre


1950

Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

Laurent Schwartz, Atle Selberg


1936

Oslo, Norway

Lars Ahlfors, Jesse Douglas


The Fields Medal is often described as the "Nobel Prize of mathematics". The comparison is not very accurate, in particular because the age limit is applied strictly. Fields Medals are awarded for a body of work, rather than for a particular result, though there is clearly consensus that some individual theorems can and should be recognised in this way. (That is not to say that some awards from the past have not been in some ways contentious or controversial—they have.) Since the institution of the Wolf Prizes, there has been a highprofile "lifetime achievement" award in mathematics; this has to some extent redressed perceived imbalances in the weight given to different kinds of merit and the movements of intellectual fashion across mathematics as a whole.
The medal is mentioned a number of times in the award winning movie Good Will Hunting staring Matt Damon and Ben Affleck
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