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Perelman declines Millenium Prize

At the AMS site:

Grigoriy Perelman of St. Petersburg, Russia has declined the US$1,000,000 Millennium Prize. In March the Clay Mathematics Institute (CMI) had announced that Perelman was the recipient of the prize for his resolution of the Poincaré conjecture, one of the seven Millennium Prize Problems. Perelman's refusal was not entirely unexpected: In 2006, he declined the Fields Medal. The following statement appears on the Clay Mathematics Institute web site: On June 8-9 CMI held a conference in Paris to celebrate the resolution of the Poincaré conjecture by Grigoriy Perelman. Dr. Perelman has subsequently informed us that he has decided not to accept the one million dollar prize. In the fall of 2010, CMI will make an announcement of how the prize money will be used to benefit mathematics.
 
Yeah. Apparently he doesn't care for material possessions and leads a really modest existence. When he discovered the proof, he just posted it on the Internet for all to see.
 

Yike Lu

Finder of biased coins.
It's hard for me to even imagine the amount of mathematical talent one would need in order to not value those famous prizes. Wow. I'm not even talking about monetary value, but to refuse the honor...
 

Yike Lu

Finder of biased coins.
The Richard Hamilton thing... yeah... ok I get that. And that shows his integrity. But this quote...

"[The prize] was completely irrelevant for me. Everybody understood that if the proof is correct, then no other recognition is needed."

That's what I'm talking about.
 
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