Hugo Duminil-Copin

Hugo Duminil-Copin

Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques and University of Geneva

2017 New Horizons in Mathematics Prize

For brilliant solutions to multiple landmark problems in probability, particularly regarding critical phenomena for Ising-type models.


I feel honored and very lucky being recognized and rewarded for simply doing what I like - mathematics is much more a passion than a job. I have had the great privilege of sharing this passion with wonderful people whose ideas and enthusiasm enrich my work every day. I thank all of them (students, co-authors and colleagues) for this gift. Among the long list of people who played a key role in my professional life, I would like to express my gratitude to my Ph.D. adviser Stanislav Smirnov, and to Wendelin Werner, who both excel in the difficult art of being mentors. Finally, I would like to extend a special thank to Vincent Tassion: it is so important to be enthusiastic, obsessed, passionate, optimistic and sometimes wrong when doing mathematics… and it is always more fun to do it with somebody else.

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