Professor in the Department of Analysis, Mathematical Physics and Probability at the University of Geneva
Born on September 3, 1970 in Leningrad - is a Russian mathematician, who was awarded the Fields Medal in 2010, member of the Public Council of the Russian Ministry of Education and Science. Since 2003 working at the University of Geneva as professor in the Analysis, Mathematical Physics and Probability group.
Education: Attended a specialist mathematics school # 239, Saint Petersburg Lyceum. Competed his undergraduate degree at Saint Petersburg State University in 1992 where he worked under Victor Havin. After graduation Nikolai Makarov invited him to Caltech, where he got his PhD in 1996.
Career: Smirnov has held research positions at Yale University, the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in Bonn, and the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. In 1998 he moved to the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, and took up his current position as a professor in the Analysis, Mathematical Physics and Probability group at the University of Geneva in 2003.
In 2010 he won a megagrant from the Ministry of Education and Science, under which SPbU got 95 million rubles for the establishment of laboratory.
Research interests: Smirnov is known best for his work on critical percolation theory, in which he proved Cardy's formula for critical site percolation on the triangular lattice, and deduced conformal invariance. The conjecture was proved in the special case of site percolation on the triangular lattice. Smirnov's theorem has led to a fairly complete theory for percolation on the triangular lattice, and to its relationship to the Schramm – Loewner evolution introduced by Oded Schramm. He has obtained corresponding results of conformality for the random-cluster model and Ising model in two dimensions.
- Saint Petersburg Mathematical Society Prize (1997)
- The Clay Research Award (2001)
- The Salem Prize (2001)
- The Göran Gustafsson Research Prize (2001)
- The Rollo Davidson Prize (2002)
- The Prize of the European Mathematical Society (2004)
Fields Medal (2010) «for the proof of conformal invariance of percolation and the planar Ising model in statistical physics».