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  • 09 July, 2022

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  • Recently, Ukrainian mathematician Maryna Viazovska along with the other three mathematicians received the prestigious Fields Medals.
  • Fields medal is often described as the Nobel Prize in Mathematics.

What are the Key Highlights of the Field Medal?

  • The Fields Medal is awarded every four years to one or more mathematicians under the age of forty year
  • Fields medal is awarded to recognize the outstanding mathematical achievement for existing work and the promise of future achievement.
  • Fields Medal is given at the International Congress of the International Mathematical Union (IMU).
  • The Fields Medal Committee is selected by the Executive Committee of the International Mathematical Union and is normally chaired by the IMU President

The international mathematical union (IMU) is an international non-governmental and non-profit scientific organization. The purpose of IMU is to promote international cooperation in the field of mathematics.


  • The 1924 ICM in Toronto adopted a resolution that at each conference, two gold medals would be awarded to recognize outstanding mathematical achievement.
  • The Canadian mathematician Prof J C Fields, who was also the secretary of the 1924 Congress, later donated funds to establish the medals, which were named in his honour.
  • In 1966, it was agreed that, in light of the great expansion of mathematical research, up to 4 medals could be awarded at each Congress.
  • It was first awarded in the year 1936.

What about the Indian-origin winners?

  • More than sixty mathematicians have been awarded the Fields Medal since 1936, out of which two are of Indian origin
  • Akshay Venkatesh of the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton in the year 2018 and Manjul Bhargava of the Department of Mathematics at Princeton University in 2014.

Source: The Hindu

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