Kenilworth professor awarded ‘Nobel Prize of the maths world’

Professor Martin Harier teaches at the University of Warwick
Professor Martin Harier teaches at the University of Warwick

A renowned Kenilworth mathematician has been honoured with the ‘Nobel Prize of maths’ in the world’s most prestigious prize of its kind.

Martin Hairer was this month named as a recipient of one of four Fields Medals - the highest honour in the subject of mathematics The professor, who now works at the University of Warwick, was honoured for his ‘outstanding contributions to the theory of stochastic partial differential equations, and in particular for the creation of a theory of regularity structures for such equations.’

Professor Martin Harier teaches at the University of Warwick

Professor Martin Harier teaches at the University of Warwick

The award recognises his innovative work on randomness which could prove useful for climate modelling.

The Austrian-born professor, who lives in Bertie Road has created a new theory that provides tools for attacking problems that up to now had seemed impenetrable.

And his efforts make him only the ninth UK-based mathematician to win the prize in its 80 year history

Speaking in an interview after being told the life-changing news, Prof Hairer said he was delighted with the achievement, but that it was an unexpected honour.

“I found out in February I was being considered but could not tell anyone,” he said.

“There were rumours, but I didn’t expect it would be me.”

The famous Fields Medal is internationally regarded as the most prestigious award in the field of mathematics.

Up to four medals are awarded every four years to recognise outstanding achievement for existing work and for the promise of future achievement.

They were this month presented at the International Congress of Mathematicians in Korea where the professor went to accept his accolade.

And praising the professor’s success, the Warwick university’s vice-chancellor Nigel Thrift said: “We are delighted with this award to Professor Martin Hairer.

“It is an exceptional honour which some have described as the equivalent of the “Nobel Prize for Mathematics”.

In April this year Professor Hairer was also appointed to the position of University of Warwick’s first ever Regius Professorship.

During his long academic career Prof Hairer has won the Junior Whitehead Prize, London Mathematical Society, the Philip Leverhulme Prize, the Wolfson Research Merit Award and the Leverhulme Research Leadership Award.

His accolades continue as he was also a Laureate of the 2013 Fermat Prize, Institut de Mathématiques de Toulouse, the Fröhlich Prize of the London Mathematical Society.

This year the university professor was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society.