Cambridge Mathematician is Awarded One of Four 2018 Fields Medals

Professor Caucher Birkar, from the Department of Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics at the University of Cambridge is one of four recipients of the 2018 Fields Medals. He was awarded the prize for his work on on categorising different kinds of polynomial equations.

Professor Birkar came to this country as a political asylum seeker from a Kurdish province in Iran. He completed his PhD at the University of Nottingham in 2004.

The Fields Medal is like the ‘Nobel Prize’ of mathematics and is awarded every four years. Professor Birkar was given the award at the International Congress of Mathematicians earlier this month in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He is the eleventh Cambridge mathematician to be awarded the medal.

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