Nevanlinna Prize

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The Nevanlinna Prize, officially the Rolf Nevanlinna Prize in Mathematical Aspects of Information Sciences (German "Rolf Nevanlinna Prize in Mathematical Areas of Computer Science"), is awarded by the International Mathematical Union for outstanding work in the field of theoretical computer science. It is presented together with the Fields Medals and the Carl Friedrich Gauß Prize at the International Congress of Mathematicians , which takes place every four years .

The prize , which is named after the Finnish mathematician Rolf Herman Nevanlinna and consists of a gold medal and prize money, has been awarded since 1982.

The provisions are similar to those of the Fields Medal: The IMU Executive Committee determines the selection committee, whose members, apart from the chairman, remain secret until the award ceremony. In addition, the winner must have been under 40 years of age before January 1 of the year in which he is awarded.

The medal is made of gold and was designed by the Finnish sculptor Raimo Heino (1932–1995). On the front the head of Nevanlinna is shown in profile, next to it is the inscription "Rolf Nevanlinna Prize" and a small signet "RH" above "83", the artist's initials and the year 1983 in which the first medal was awarded was coined. The reverse shows two symbols of the University of Helsinki , on the top left the word "Helsinki" in coded form, on the bottom right the university seal with the inscription "VNIVERSITAS HELSINGIENSIS". The name of the winner is embossed on the edge.

Award winners


  • Guillermo P. Curbera: The Nevanlinna Prize. In: Guillermo P. Curbera: Mathematicians of the world, unite! The International Congress of Mathematicians. A Human Endeavor. AK Peters, Wellesley MA 2009, ISBN 978-1-56881-330-1 , pp. 118-120 (English).

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