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Perelman Says “Nyet!” to $1 Million Prize

July 6, 2010 

Russian mathematician Grigori Perelman has declined $1,000,000 from the Clay Mathematics Institute for having proved the Poincaré conjecture in 2006.

In his rejection, which he relayed to the Institute in late June, 2010, Perelman noted that Richard Hamilton, who had contributed to the exceptionally difficult solution, had not been offered any prize money.

In 2006, Perelman declined the Fields Medal—and the cash that came with it.

For background information, see the Math in the News article "Science Magazine Hails Perelman's Solution of the Poincare Conjecture as 'Breakthrough of the Year'" (January 29, 2007)

Source:The Voice of Russia (July 1, 2010)
Image of Perelman via CBS News
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Tuesday, July 6, 2010