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Alain Connes, Fields medal winner 1982

Alain Connes is one of the leading specialists on operator algebras. He studied at Ecole Normale Superieure from 1966 to 1970, and received his PhD at UPMC in 1973. From 1976 to 1980, he was a Maître de conférences (associate professor) and then full professor at UPMC. Alain Connes then became a research director at the CNRS in 1981 until 1984. He has held the Léon Motchane chair at the Institut des Hautes Etudes Scientifiques since 1976, and has been a professor at Vanderbilt University (US) since 2003.

In addition to the Fields Medal, Alain Connes was awarded the Crafoord Prize in 2001 and the CNRS gold medal in 2004. He is a member of the French Academy of Sciences and several foreign academies and societies, including the Danish, Norwegian, Russian and US Academies of Sciences.