What is a Fields Medal?

What is a Fields Medal?

Do you recognize what this image represents? This is the prestigious Fields Medal awarded every 4 years on the occasion of the International Congress of Mathematicians to recognize outstanding mathematical achievement for existing work and for the promise of future achievement. The last “Math Congress” was held in India in 2010. The next session is to be held in 2014 in Seoul Korea.

The interesting feature of this award is that the recipient is under 40 years of age.  The established reason is to recognize the person for their achievements, but to further encourage them to develop, grow and solve more in their lives.

The Fields Medal is often described as the “Nobel Prize of Mathematics” for being traditionally regarded as the most prestigious award in the field of mathematics.  While it does not garner the most money award, it is an extremely noteworthy and sought after award.

The youngest person to achieve this award was only 27 years of age.  He was presented the award in 1954 and to this day he still remains the youngest recipient.

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