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French mathematician scoops Shaw prize

Michel Talagrand, a mathematician who spent his whole career with the CNRS, France’s largest public research organisation, has won the 2019 Shaw Prize for Mathematics.

Talagrand, who retired as a senior researcher at the IMJ-PRG mathematics research centre in Paris in September 2018, was announced as the winner by The Shaw Prize Foundation on 21 May.

He won the award for his work on probability theory and his theoretical work resolving problems in the study of ‘spin glasses’—materials in which the magnetic spins of the component atoms are arranged in a disorganised manner.

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