Fermat Prize


The Fermat prize of mathematical research biennially rewards research works in fields where the contributions of Pierre de Fermat have been decisive:

The spirit of the prize is focused on rewarding the results of research accessible to the greatest number of professional mathematicians within these fields. The Fermat prize was created in 1989 and is awarded once every two years in Toulouse by the Institut de Mathématiques de Toulouse. The amount of the Fermat prize has been fixed at 20,000 Euros for the twelfth edition (2011).

Previous prize winnersEdit

Year Prize Winners Citation
1989 Abbas Bahri (Tunisian) "for the introduction of new methods in the calculus of variations"
Kenneth Ribet "for his contribution to number theory and Fermat's Last Theorem"
1991 Jean-Louis Colliot-Thélène "for his work on number theory and rational manifolds the research for which was undertaken to a large extent with Jean-Jacques Sansuc"
1993 Jean-Michel Coron "for his contributions to the study of variational problems and control theory"
1995 Andrew Wiles "for his works on the Taniyama–Shimura–Weil conjecture which resulted in the demonstration of the proof of Fermat's Last Theorem"
1997 Michel Talagrand "for his fundamental contributions in various domains of probability"
1999 Fabrice Béthuel "for several important contributions to the theory of variational calculus, which have consequences in Physics and Geometry"
Frédéric Hélein
2001 Richard Taylor "for his various contributions to the study of links between Galois representations and automorphic forms"
Wendelin Werner "for his works on the intersection exponents of Brownian motion and their impact in theoretical Physics"
2003 Luigi Ambrosio "for his impressive contributions to the calculus of variations and geometric measure theory, and their link with partial differential equations"
2005 Pierre Colmez "for his contributions to the study of L-functions and p-adic Galois representations"
Jean-François Le Gall "for his contributions to the fine analysis of planar Brownian motions, his invention of the Brownian snake and its applications to the study of non-linear partial differential equations"
2007 Chandrashekhar Khare "for his proof (with Jean-Pierre Wintenberger) of the Serre modularity conjecture in number theory"
2009 Elon Lindenstrauss "for his contributions to ergodic theory and their applications in number theory"
Cédric Villani "for his contributions to the theory of optimal transport and his studies of non-linear evolution equations"
2011 Manjul Bhargava "for his work on various generalizations of the Davenport-Heilbronn estimates and for his recent startling results (with Arul Shankar) on the average rank of elliptic curves"
Igor Rodnianski "for his fundamental contributions to the studies of the equations of general relativity and to the propagation of the light on the space-time curves (in collaboration with Mihalis Dafermos, Sergiu Klainerman, and Hans Lindblad)"
2013 Camillo De Lellis "for his fundamental contributions (in collaboration with László Székelyhidi) to the conjecture of Onsager about dissipative solutions of the Euler-equations and for his work to the regularity of minimal surfaces"
Martin Hairer "for his contributions to the analysis of stochastic partial differential equations, especially for the regularity of their solutions and convergence to the equilibrium"
2015 Laure Saint-Raymond "for the development of asymptotic theories of partial differential equations, including the fluid limits of rarefied flows, multiscale analysis in plasma physics equations and ocean modeling, and the derivation of the Boltzmann equation from interacting particle systems"[1]
Peter Scholze "for his invention of perfectoid spaces and their application to fundamental problems in algebraic geometry and in the theory of automorphic forms"[1]
2017 Simon Brendle "for his numerous and profound results in geometric analysis, involving partial differential equations of elliptic, parabolic and hyperbolic type; in particular for his elegant proof of Lawson's conjecture, for his characterization of soliton solutions of Ricci flows and mean curvature in dimension 3 as well as for his remarkable contributions, in collaboration with Gerhard Huisken, to the analysis of mean curvature flow of mean convex surfaces in manifolds of dimension 3"[2]
Nader Masmoudi (Tunisian) "for his remarkable work of depth and creativity in the analysis of nonlinear partial differential equations and in particular for his recent contributions to the rigorous and complete resolution of hydrodynamic stability problems raised at the end of the 19th century by the founding fathers of modern fluid mechanics"[2]
2019 Alexei Borodin "for the invention of integrable probability theory, a new area at the interface of representation theory, combinatorics and statistical physics"[3]
Maryna Viazovska "for her original solution of the famous sphere packing problem in dimensions 8 and 24"[3]
2021 Fernando Codá Marques "for major advances obtained with André Neves on geometric applications of the calculus of variations"[4]
Vincent Pilloni "for his remarkable results in arithmetic geometry on p-adic modular forms, in particular through the introduction and development of higher Hida theory"[4]

Pierre Fermat medalEdit

There has also been a Pierre Fermat medal, which has been awarded for example to chemist Linus Pauling (1957),[5] mathematician Ernst Peschl (1965)[6] and botanist Francis Raymond Fosberg.[7]

Junior Fermat PrizeEdit

The Junior Fermat Prize is a mathematical prize, awarded every two years to a student in the first four years of university for a contribution to mathematics. The amount of the prize is 2000 Euros.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b Fermat Prize 2015
  2. ^ a b Fermat Prize 2017
  3. ^ a b Fermat Prize 2019
  4. ^ a b Fermat Prize 2021
  5. ^ "Linus Pauling: Awards, Honors and Medals". Oregon State University Libraries. Retrieved January 24, 2017.
  6. ^ "Ernst Peschl". MEMIM Encyclopedia. Retrieved 6 March 2022. He was awarded the Pierre Fermat Medal in 1965 and the Medal of the University of Jyväskylä.
  7. ^ "SMITHSONIAN BOTANIST FRANCIS R. FOSBERG DIES". Washington Post. 28 September 1993. Retrieved 16 October 2020. He had been awarded five major medals: .... the Fermat Medal of Toulouse Academy,....

External linksEdit

  • Fermat Prize official web site
  • Junior Fermat Prize official web site
  • Annales de la faculté des sciences de Toulouse