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Nobel and Abel prizes, Fields medals and Turing Award
CNRS's long tradition of excellence is reinforced by its 21 Nobel laureates and 12 Fields Medal award winners. A number of eminent researchers have worked, for at least some part of their career, at one of CNRS's many laboratories.
Nobel prize
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Fields medals
The Fields Medal recognizes young mathematicians' outstanding contribution to the discipline. Handed out every four years at the International Congress of Mathematicians, this distinction rewards a maximum of four mathematicians aged less than 40 as of the 1st January of the year concerned.
Field Medal laureates who have worked at CNRS in the course of their career include:
2002
Laurent Lafforgue
1994
PierreLouis Lions
1994
JeanChristophe Yoccoz
1982
Alain Connes
1966
Alexandre Grothendieck
1958
René Thom
1954
JeanPierre Serre
1950
Laurent Schwartz
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Abel Prize
The international Abel Prize rewards a mathematician's outstanding work and contribution to the numerous fields of mathematics. Launched in 2003, it is awarded each year by the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters. Selection of the laureate is based on the recommendation of the Abel Committee, composed of five mathematicians of international repute.
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Turing Award
The Turing Award, often recognized as the "Nobel Prize of computing" is given annually by the Association for Computing Machinery to "an individual selected for contributions of a technical nature made to the computing community. The contributions should be of lasting and major technical importance to the computer field".
Joseph Sifakis
In 2007, Joseph Sifakis was the first French researcher to have received this award since it was created in 1966.
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