Russian recluse decliend Fields Medal

Grigory Perelman, a reclusive Russian mathematician who was widely expected to be one of this year’s winners (see ‘Maths ‘Nobel’ rumoured for Russian recluse’), was indeed honoured at the opening ceremony of the International Congress of Mathematicians. But after a round of applause, president of the International Mathematical Union John Ball said “I regret that Dr Perelman has declined to accept.” No explanation was given.

news @ nature.com – Maths ‘Nobel’ prize declined by Russian recluse – Grigory Perelman a no-show for his Fields Medal.

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