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Intro  Brazilian and French mathematician  
Is  Mathematician Professor Educator Researcher  
From  Brazil France  
Field  Academia Mathematics  
Gender  male  
Birth  29 June 1979, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil  
Age  43 years  
Star sign  Cancer  
Residence  Rio de Janeiro, Brazil  
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Biography
Artur Avila Cordeiro de Melo (born 29 June 1979) is a Brazilian mathematician working primarily on dynamical systems and spectral theory. He is one of the winners of the 2014 Fields Medal, being the first Latin American to win such an award. He has been a researcher at both the IMPA and the CNRS (working a halfyear in each one). Since September 2018, he is a professor at the University of Zurich.
Biography
At the age of 16, Avila won a gold medal at the 1995 International Mathematical Olympiad and received a scholarship for the Instituto Nacional de Matemática Pura e Aplicada (IMPA) to M.S. while still attending high school in Colégio de São Bento and Colégio Santo Agostinho in Rio de Janeiro. Later he enrolled in the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), earning his B.S in mathematics.
At the age of 19, Avila began writing his doctoral thesis on the theory of dynamical systems. In 2001 he finished it and received his PhD from IMPA. That same year he moved abroad to France to do postdoctoral research. He works with onedimensional dynamics and holomorphic functions. Since 2003 he has worked as a researcher for the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) in France, later becoming a research director in 2008. His postdoctoral supervisor was JeanChristophe Yoccoz.
Mathematical work
In March of 2005, at age 26, Avila became known amongst mathematicians for proving the "conjecture of the ten martinis", a problem proposed in 1980 by the American mathematical physicist Barry Simon. Simon promised to pay ten martini doses to whoever explained his theory about the behavior of "Schrödinger operators", mathematical tools related to quantum physics. Artur solved the problem along with mathematician Svetlana Jitomirskaya and was rewarded with a few rounds of martini. Avila four months later proved the Zorich–Kontsevich conjecture that the nontrivial Lyapunov exponents of the Teichmüller flow on the moduli space of Abelian differentials on compact Riemann surfaces are all distinct together with Marcelo Viana.
Honours and recognition
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 Grand Prix Jacques Herbrand from the French Academy of Sciences. In 2017 he gave the Łojasiewicz Lecture (on the "Onefrequency Schrödinger operators and the almost reducibility conjecture") at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków.
He was a plenary speaker at the International Congress of Mathematicians in 2010. 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, TWAS Prize in 2013 and the Fields Medal in 2014.
He was elected a foreign associate of the US National Academy of Sciences in April 2019.
Diplomas, titles and awards
 1993: Gold medal at the Olimpíada Brasileira de Matemática, Brazil
 1994: Gold medal at the Olimpíada Brasileira de Matemática, Brazil
 1995: Gold medal at the Olimpíada Brasileira de Matemática, Brazil
 1995: Gold medal at the International Mathematical Olympiad, Canada
 2001: PhD Thesis (advisor Welington de Melo)
 2005: Cours Peccot at the Collège de France
 2006: Invited address at the ICMP
 2006: Bronze medal of the CNRS
 2006: Salem Prize
 2008: Wolﬀ Memorial Lectures, Caltech
 2008: Invited address at the European Congress of Mathematics
 2008: European Mathematical Society Prize
 2009: Grand Prix Jacques Herbrand of the French Academy of Sciences
 2010: Porter Lectures, Rice University
 2010: Plenary address at the International Congress of Mathematicians
 2011: Blyth Lecture Series by the University of Toronto
 2011: Michael Brin Prize in Dynamical Systems
 2012: International Association of Mathematical Physics Early Career Award
 2013: Prize of the Brazilian Mathematical Society
 2013: TWAS Prize
 2014: Bellow Lectures by the Northwestern University
 2014: Fields Medal
 2015: TWASLenovo Science Prize
 2017: Łojasiewicz Lecture by the Jagiellonian University: Onefrequency Schrödinger operators and the almost reducibility conjecture
Extraacademic distinctions
 2013: Member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences
 2015: Knight of the Legion of Honor
 2019: Foreign associates of the National Academy of Sciences