Today, Peter
Scholze, Caucher Birkar, Alessio Figalli, and Akshay Venkates won the Fields Medal the highest honor a mathematician can receive.
To celebrate their victory, we compiled a list of important facts about the award:
1. The Fields Medal is awarded to two,
three, or four mathematicians under the
age of 40.

The Fields Medal 
2. It has been awarded every four years
since 1950 at the International Congress of
Mathematicians.
3. The award “recognizes outstanding mathematical achievement for existing work and for the promise of future achievement.”
4. An individual cannot win a Fields
Medal more than once.
5. Many describe the Fields Medal as the
mathematician's "Nobel Prize."
6. There is a monetary award of about $15,000 Canadian
dollars.
7. The award is named after Canadian mathematician John Charles Fields.

John Charles Fields 
8. Finnish
mathematician Lars Ahlfors and
American mathematician Jesse Douglas were the first
recipients in 1936.
9. Maryam Mirzakhani became the first woman to
win the Fields Medal in 2014
10. JeanPierre Serre became the youngest recipient at the age of 27.
11. In 2006, Grigori Perelman, refused his
Fields Medal. He said, "I'm not interested in money or fame; I don't want
to be on display like an animal in a zoo.”
12. So far, 4 mathematicians under the age of 30 have won.
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