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IN THE SPOTLIGHT 5 WINTER 2015 N° 36 2015 ICIAM Awards The International Council for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (ICIAM), a global organization that promotes industrial or applied mathematics, has announced the winners of its five prizes for 2015, each carrying a $5000 cash award. The 2015 ICIAM Maxwell Prize rewarded Jean-Michel Coron (left), of the Laboratoire Jacques-Louis Lions at the Université Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC), for his fundamental and original contributions to the study of variational methods for partial differential equations and the control of nonlinear partial differential equations. The 2015 ICIAM Su Buchin Prize was awarded to Li Ta-tsien (right) in recognition of his outstanding contributions to applied mathematics and to the dissemination of mathematical sciences in developing countries. Currently a professor at the School of Mathematical Sciences 1. Institut sino–français de mathématiques appliquées. 2. Centre international de mathématiques pures et appliquées. The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel, commonly referred to as the “Nobel Prize in Economics,” was awarded to Jean Tirole on December 10, 2014, at the Stockholm Concert Hall in Sweden. Tirole, a 2007 CNRS Gold Medalist, follows Gérard Debreu (1983) and Maurice Allais (1988) as the third-ever French recipient of this highly-coveted prize. The 61-year-old economist, who has been conducting research at the Gremaq1 in Toulouse, and has developed strong ties with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) since the 1990s, is internationally renowned for his work on market regulation and the “new industrial economy.” He has explored a range of topics, from the regulation of network industries like telecommunications at Fudan University (Shangai, China), Ta-tsien cofounded the Chinese–French Institute of Applied Mathematics (ISFMA)1 in 1998 with the late French mathematician Jacques-Louis Lions. Every year, with the support of the CIMPA2 and other organizations, the institute organizes highly-successful summer schools attended by students from across Asia. These have had significant impact on the dissemination of knowledge in the region. The two researchers will receive their prizes at the next quadrennial ICIAM Congress, to be held in Beijing (China), on August 10–14, 2015, alongside other recipients Annalisa Buffa (Italy), Andrew J. Majda (US), and Björn Engquist (US). ii or electricity, to open-source software, tacit agreements between firms, asset market bubbles, tradable emission rights for greenhouse gases, and even the employment protection system in France. Accomplished in both game and information theories, Tirole has extended his research to political science, psychology, and sociology. CNRS President Alain Fuchs commended the work of “an exceptional theoretician, who succeeded in modeling key economic issues and broadening the international scope of this research.” Tirole is currently president of the Toulouse School of Economics (TSE), which he had helped launch with his colleague Jean-Jacques Laffont in 2006. ii 1. Groupe de recherche en économie mathématique et quantitative (CNRS / Université Toulouse-I Capitole / Inra / EHESS). © ILLUSTRATION: S. MANEL POUR CNRS LE JOURNAL Jean Tirole A Winning Theory www.iciam.org DR DR The CNRS, Global Leader in Publications Once again, the CNRS tops the Scimago 2014 worldwide Institutions Rankings (SIR) by number of scientific publications, ahead of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the Russian Academy of Sciences, and Harvard University (US). Among the 4800-plus universities and research organizations evaluated by the SIR, the Helmholtz Gemeinschaft and the Max Planck Institute in Germany, the Universities of Tokyo (Japan) and Tsinghua (China) respectively rank 5th, 6th, 8th, and 11th. The CNRS also comes first in the 2014 global Scimago innovation rankings, which list the number of scientific publications from patent-filing institutions. It is ahead of Harvard University and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the US. Read our 2007 profile on Jean Tirole online: www.cnrs.fr/cnrsmagazine


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