Mathematician Yves Colin de Verdière receives the Émile Picard medal from the national Science Academy

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Yves Colin de Verdière
During the first Académie des Sciences prize-giving ceremony of 2018, held on Tuesday 16 October under the dome of the Institut de France, Yves Colin de Verdière, Professor Emeritus at Université Grenoble Alpes and member of the Institut Fourier, was awarded the Émile Picard Medal.
This prestigious mathematics distinction, award every six years by the Académie des sciences, marks further recognition for the outstanding research and training offered by the Université Grenoble Alpes, especially in the field of mathematics.

Following studies at the École Normale Supérieure, where he obtained a PhD in 1973, Yves Colin de Verdière has spent most of his career at Joseph Fourier University (now Université Grenoble Alpes).

Professor Emeritus since 2005 and member of the Institut Fourier in Grenoble (CNRS /Université Grenoble Alpes), Yves Colin de Verdière has written substantial mathematical works on topics ranging from Riemannian geometry through graph theory and hyperbolic geometry to geophysics.

Indeed, his work is often inspired by physics and is highly influential in the fields of semiclassical approximation and quantum chaos. In turn, he is a contributor to numerous fruitful experimental applications.

His contributions have already been rewarded by several awards, including the Ampère Prize from the Académie des Sciences in 1999. He has also been an International Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences since 2005.
Published on  February 8, 2021
Updated on  February 8, 2021