## Distinguished UM Math Professor Maxim Kontsevich Wins 2012 Shaw Prize

We were delighted to learn that Maxim Kontsevich, Distinguished Professor of Mathematics at UM, has been awarded the Shaw Prize in the Mathematical Sciences. The Shaw Prize was established in 2002 and consists of awards given annually in three areas: the Mathematical Sciences, Life and Medical Sciences, and Astronomy. Each prize carries a monetary award of $1,000,000. The prize was awarded to Kontsevich for his pioneering works in algebra, geometry and mathematical physics and, in particular, deformation quantization, motivic integration and mirror symmetry. Professor Kontsevich is one of the most celebrated and influential mathematicians of our times. In addition to the Shaw Prize, he was awarded the Fields Medal in 1998 and the Crafoord Prize in 2008. Professor Kontsevich is a permanent member of the Institut des Hautes Etudes Scientifiques (IHES) in France.

*May 29, 2012*