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Cédric Villani, 2009 laureate of the Henri Poincaré prize

Cédric Villani, crédits : Mathematisches Forschungsinstitut a Oberwolfach

2009 will be a year to remember for mathematician Cédric Villani. Appointed director of the Henri Poincaré InstituteNouvelle fenêtre, UPMC’s school of mathematics and physics (CNRS/UPMC), in July, this professor of pure and applied mathematics from ENS Lyon has just been awarded the Henri Poincaré prize. Since its instauration in 1997, this prize is presented to three or four scientists every three years by the International association of mathematical physicsNouvelle fenêtre in recognition of “outstanding contributions in mathematical physics”.

Cédric Villani was born in 1973, and gained his doctorate in mathematics at ENS Paris in 1998. His research concentrates on analysis, probabilities, statistical physics and differential geometry. He began teaching at ENS Lyon in 2000 and has been a junior member of the Institut Universitaire de FranceNouvelle fenêtre since 2006. Cédric Villani has spent time researching in several foreign academic institutions, such as Georgia TechNouvelle fenêtre (Atlanta, Georgia) in 1999, BerkeleyNouvelle fenêtre (California) in 2004 and the Institute for Advanced StudyNouvelle fenêtre (Princeton) in 2009. The Henri Poincaré prize is the most recent in a long list of distinctions awarded to this young academic: Prix Louis Armand 2001, Prix Peccot-Vimont 2003, Conférencier au Congrès International des Mathématiciens 2006, Prix Jacques Herbrand 2007 and the European Mathematical Society prize (2008). Cédric Villani is the author of two major works, « Topics in Optimal Transportation » (2003) and « Optimal Transport, Old and New » (2008).

Although winning the Henri Poincaré prize and becoming director of the Henri Poincaré Institute in the same year is mainly a coincidence, it reflects, according to Cédric Villani, the prime importance of the interaction between mathematics and physics for both the Institute and the prize.

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