Professor Caucher Birkar has been recently announced as one of the four winners of the Fields medal, considered the equivalent of a Nobel prize for mathematics, at the International Congress of the International Mathematical Union in Rio de Janeiro. His proof of the boundedness of fano varieties and for contributions to the minimal model program have been recognized with this award.
After fleeing conflict two decades ago from the Iran-Iraq war, the Kurdish-Iranian Prof. Birkar granted the refugee status in UK and started his Ph.D. at the University of Nottingham in 2001. And just 17 years after Prof. Birkar has been awarded with the most prestigious award in mathematics. Dr. Birkar is really an example of the value that a refugee can add to the hosting country by increasing its capacity building, at the same time the scientific heritage of the country at conflict is preserved.
Prof. Birkar said he hoped the news may “put a little smile on the lips” of the world’s 40 million Kurds.
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