Cédric Villani is a French mathematician. He was awarded the Fields Medal in 2010 and the Joseph L. Doob Prize in 2014. In addition to lecturing at the University of Lyon, he was a visiting professor at Berkeley, Princeton and Georgia Tech before directing the Henri Poincaré Institute from 2009 to 2017.
He resigned from this position after being elected as the Deputy of France’s Essonne region. At the French National Assembly, he sits on the Law Commission and chairs the Parliamentary Office for Scientific and Technological Assessment.
Villani has always been interested in the relationship between science and society. He is a member of France’s Academy of Sciences and the Pontifical Academy of Sciences. He has given conferences in more than 70 countries and published several books, including the bestseller Birth of a Theorem, which has been translated into 12 languages. He has been involved in the scientific boards of public bodies (including the European Commission) and private organizations (Orange, EDF, Atos and the Boston Consulting Group).
Villani is a graduate of the Ecole Normale Supérieure, has a PhD in Mathematics and is accredited to supervise research. He has honorary doctorates from several universities, including the HEC Paris business school. He is a Knight of France’s Legion of Honour, and Vice-President of the EuropaNova think-tank.
Cédric Villani, Mathematician - member of the Academy of Sciences - 1st vice-president of the Parliamentary Office For Scientific and Technological Assessment (OPECST) – Member of Parliament Fields Medal,