Friday, June 16, 2017
Mathematician Sir Andrew Wiles FRS wins the Royal Society’s prestigious Copley Medal
Sir Andrew Wiles KBE FRS, one of the world’s foremost mathematicians, has been awarded the Royal Society’s Copley Medal, the world’s oldest scientific prize. He has been awarded the prize for proving Fermat’s Last Theorem, a major mathematical breakthrough of the 20th century.
He joins the ranks of Charles Darwin, Humphrey Davy and Albert Einstein in winning the Royal Society’s premier award.
Venki Ramakrishnan, President of the Royal Society, said: “Sir Andrew is a well-deserved recipient of the Copley Medal, the Royal Society’s most prestigious prize. In proving Fermat's Last Theorem – a problem that had remained unsolved for hundreds of years – he not only made a major mathematical breakthrough, but also captured the imagination of the public. This is an inspirational story of a highly creative intellectual pursuit and the satisfaction of solving a deep fundamental problem in mathematics. He is a hero to an entire generation of mathematicians. The Royal Society is delighted to recognise this achievement.”