Artur Avila

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This name uses Portuguese naming customs. The first or maternal family name is Cordeiro and the second or paternal family name is de Melo.
Artur Avila
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Avila in Oberwolfach in 2012.
Born (1979-06-29) 29 June 1979 (age 37)
Bandeira da cidade do Rio de Janeiro.svg Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro (state) Rio de Janeiro
Residence Rio de Janeiro (state) Rio de Janeiro
 Brazil and Paris Paris,  France
Citizenship Brazilian and French[1]
Fields Mathematics
Institutions IMPA, CNRS
Paris Diderot University (Paris 7)
Instituto Nacional de Matemática Pura e Aplicada
Alma mater Instituto Nacional de Matemática Pura e Aplicada and Federal University of Rio de Janeiro
Doctoral advisor Welington de Melo
Known for Dynamical systems
Spectral theory
Zorich–Kontsevich conjecture
Ten martini problem
Notable awards Fields Medal (2014)
Michael Brin Prize in Dynamical Systems (2011)
EMS Prize (2008)
Salem Prize (2006)
Gold medal at the International Mathematical Olympiad (1995)

Artur Avila Cordeiro de Melo (born 29 June 1979) is a Brazilian and French mathematician working primarily on dynamical systems and spectral theory. He is one of the winners of the 2014 Fields Medal,[2] being the first Latin American to win such award. He is a researcher at both the IMPA and the CNRS (working a half-year in each one).


At the age of 16, Avila won a gold medal at the 1995 International Mathematical Olympiad[3] and received a scholarship for the Instituto Nacional de Matemática Pura e Aplicada[4] (IMPA), where he got his PhD when he was 21 years old.[5]


Later, as a research mathematician, he received in 2006 a CNRS Bronze Medal as well as the Salem Prize, and was a Clay Research Fellow. He became the youngest Professorial Fellow (directeur de recherches) at the CNRS in 2008. The same year, he was awarded one of the ten prestigious European Mathematical Society prizes, and in 2009 he won the Herbrand Prize from the French Academy of Sciences.[citation needed]

He was a plenary speaker at the International Congress of Mathematicians in 2010.[6] In 2011, he was awarded the Michael Brin Prize in Dynamical Systems. He received the Early Career Award from the International Association of Mathematical Physics in 2012[7] and the Fields Medal in 2014.[8]

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In 2005, together with Svetlana Jitomirskaya, he solved the ten martini problem,[9] and together with Marcelo Viana, he proved the Zorich–Kontsevich conjecture.[10]

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