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N°33 I quarterly I APRIL 2014 CNRS Networks | 35 w Mathematics The discipline eagerly awaits the upcoming International Congress of Mathematicians, held this year in South Korea. French Math Out in Force in Seoul Contact information: AGM, Cergy-Pontoise. Frank Merle > merle@ihes.fr LMO, Orsay. Jean-François Le Gall > jean-francois.legall@math.u-psud.fr LJL, Paris. Benoit Perthame > benoit.perthame@ljll.math.upmc.fr BY Charline Zeitoun French mathematicians Jean-François Le Gall, Frank Merle, and Benoît Perthame have been singled out to deliver three of the 21 prestigious plenary lectures at the upcoming International Congress of Mathematicians (ICM), to be held in Seoul (South Korea) on August 13-21. France will therefore feature prominently at the ICM, a headline event bringing together thousands of researchers. Furthermore, nearly a fifth of the speakers selected for the thematic sessions are drawn from the French school of mathematics and from the CNRS in particular. The French delegation of 38 lecturers (3 plenary and 35 for the thematic sessions) is the largest after the US, bearing witness to the vitality of the country’s research in this discipline. As for the future laureates of the Fields Medals, considered to be the Nobel Prize of mathematics and traditionally awarded on the first day of the congress, there has been no leak. Only mathematicians under the age of 40, regardless of whether they take the floor at the ICM, are eligible. Two to four medals are handed out at each edition of the congress, which is held every four years. France was honored in 2010 when Cédric Villani and Ngô Báo Châu received the accolade. Jean -Fran çois Le Gall age 54 A probabilist with a keen interest in Brownian motion (known for describing the erratic movement of a particle in a fluid), Le Gall is a professor at the LMO.1 Winner of the Loève Prize in 1997 and CNRS Silver Medalist in 2009, he is “very pleased to be given the opportunity to explain his research to such a large audience at the ICM.” As for the Fields Medal, he is optimistic: “Statistics are in favor of my fellow citizens,” he points out. “Six French researchers have been rewarded in the past five editions.” 01. Laboratoire de mathématiques d’Orsay (CNRS / Université Paris-Sud). Fran k Merle age 51 A specialist in partial differential equations, Merle is known for his highly influential work on the resolution of problems related to wave equations in physics. A professor at the AGM1 laboratory and the Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques, he was awarded the CNRS Silver Medal and the Bôcher Memorial Prize of the American Mathematical Society in 2005. “Very honored” to have been chosen for a plenary lecture, he is thrilled to be able to “address the entire community of mathematicians,” and not just the specialists in his field, “which is a form of scientific popularization in itself.” 01. Laboratoire analyse, géométrie, modélisation (CNRS / Université de Cergy-Pontoise). Ben oît Per thame age 54 Specialized in applied mathematics, Perthame focuses on methods for use in biology, for example to model Darwinian evolution or the development of tumors and their treatment. Director of the LJLL1 and a professor at the UPMC,2 Perthame received the CNRS Silver Medal in 1994 and the Giovanni Sacchi-Landriani Prize in 1997. “Giving a plenary lecture at the ICM is an international recognition in itself, and a strong support to our ongoing research,” he comments. 01. Laboratoire Jacques-Louis-Lions (CNRS / UPMC / Université Paris-Diderot). 02. Université Pierre et Marie Curie. © illus tra tion: se b jarn ot for cnrs le journal - d'après B.rajau /cnrs phtothèque , DR


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