Caucher Birkar

Caucher Birkar

2018 Fields Medal

Caucher Birkar is a UK-based Iranian Kurdish mathematician and a professor at the University of Cambridge. He was awarded the Fields Medal in 2018 for his proof of boundedness of Fano varieties and contributions to the minimal model problem

Education and Work Experience
  • 1996-2000, Bachelor's degree from the University of Tehran
  • 2001-2004, PhD student at the University of Nottingham
  • 2005-Present, Professor at University of Cambridge
Honors and Awards
    • 2010, Leverhulme Prize in mathematics and statistics
    • 2010, Prize of the Fondation Sciences Mathématiques de Paris
    • 2016, AMS Moore Prize
    • 2018, Fields Medal
Major Academic Achievements

Caucher Birkar is a mathematician of great originality and depth. His research area, algebraic geometry, addresses fundamental questions about the nature of abstract geometric spaces. These questions can often be stated quite simply, but their resolution requires the use of a massive technical apparatus. Not only has Birkar completely mastered this apparatus, he also possesses profound geometric intuition that allows him to go beyond technical achievements and break new conceptual ground. His work has produced major advances in birational geometry, in particular in a central paradigm known as the Minimal Model Program.