Fields Medal Winners

Updated February 11, 2017 | Infoplease Staff

The Fields Medal, considered the Nobel Prize of math, has been awarded quadrennially since 1936 by the International Congress of Mathematicians to recognize outstanding mathematics achievement.

1936Lars Valerian Ahlfors (Harvard University) and Jesse Douglas (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
(Fields Medals were not awarded during World War II)
1950Laurent Schwarts (University of Nancy) and Atle Selberg (Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton)
1954Kunihiko Kodaira (Princeton University) and Jean-Pierre Serre (University of Paris)
1958Klaus Friedrich Roth (University of London) and Ren Thom (University of Strasbourgh)
1962Lars V. Hrmander (University of Stockholm) and John Willard Milnor (Princeton University)
1966Michael Francis Atiyah (Oxford University), Paul Joseph Cohen (Stanford University), Alexander Grothendieck (University of Paris), and Stephen Smale (University of California, Berkeley)
1970Alan Baker (Cambridge University), Heisuke Hironaka (Harvard University), Serge P. Novikov (Moscow University), and John Griggs Thompson (Cambridge University)
1974Enrico Bombieri (University of Pisa) and David Bryant Mumford (Harvard University)
1978Pierre Ren Deligne (Institut des Hautes tudes Scientifiques), Charles Louis Fefferman (Princeton University), Gregori Alexandrovitch Margulis (Moscow University), and Daniel G. Quillen (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
1982Alain Connes (Institut des Hautes tudes Scientifiques), William P. Thurston (Princeton University), and Shing-Tung Yau (Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton)
1986Simon Donaldson (Oxford University), Gerd Faltings (Princeton University), and Michael Freedman (University of California, San Diego)
1990Vladimir Drinfeld (Phys. Inst. Kharkov), Vaughan Jones (University of California, Berkeley), Shigefumi Mori (University of Kyoto), and Edward Witten (Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton)
1994Pierre-Louis Lions (University of Paris?Dauphine), Jean-Christophe Yoccoz (University of Paris?Sud), Jean Bourgain (Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton), and Efim Zelmanov (University of Wisconsin)
1998Richard E. Borcherds (Cambridge University), William T. Gowers (Cambridge University), Maxim Kontsevich (Institut des Hautes tudes Scientifiques and Rutgers University), and Curtis T. McMullen (Harvard University)
2002Laurent Lafforgue (Institut des Hautes tudes Scientifiques) and Vladimir Voevodsky (Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton)
2006Andrei Okounkov (Princeton University), Grigori Perelman* (St. Petersburg, Russia), Terence Tao (University of California, Los Angeles), and Wendelin Werner (University of Paris?South)
*Declined to accept the medal.