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C├ędric Villani

Fields Medal

2010

Cédric Villani is a French mathematician, trained in École normale supérieure in Paris, currently Professor in University of Lyon. He was a visiting professor in Berkeley, Atlanta and Princeton.

A specialist in mathematical analysis applied to the statistical physics of gas and plasmas, as well as non-Euclidean differential geometry, he has received numerous awards including the Fields medal, awarded every four years to at most four mathematicians under 40, often described as the Nobel Prize of Mathematics.

Respected for his acclaimed synthesis books, he has received the Doob Prize of the American Mathematical Society, a prize awarded every three years to recognize a book of great novelty and clarity. He is a member of the French Academy of Sciences, as well as the Pontifical Academy of Sciences.

In 2017 he was elected member of the French Parliament, where he champions a number of subjects rooted in science and especially ecology. His report on Artificial Intelligence was the basis of the French Strategy of AI.

He presides over the Office parlementaire d'évaluation des choix scientifiques et technologiques, or French Scientific Parliamentary Office, which studies all kinds of subjects in which a thorough scientific study is compulsory for political action. His broad-audience books have been translated into 15 languages.