Cédric Villani

Cédric Villani; pic by Jean-François Dars and Anne Papillaut

Picture credits: Jean-François Dars and Anne Papillaut

Cédric Villani is a French mathematician working primarily on the theory of partial differential equations involved in statistical mechanics, specifically the Boltzmann and Vlasov equations. He has worked on the theory of optimal transport and its applications to differential geometry. He is currently the director of Institut Henri Poincaré in Paris and Professor at the university of Lyon. He was awarded the Fields Medal in 2010.


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