Prizes MCA2013


This morning the winners of the Mathematical Congress of the Americas received their awards: the MCA prize, the Americas Prize and the Solomon Lefschetz medals

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The following prize winners of the Mathematical Congress of the Americas Award had been chosen by the Awards Committee.



premio mca  Five prizes have been awarded to mathematicians who have obtained their PhD. 12 years at the most, previous to the beginning of the Congress from an institution in the American continent, or they actually hold a position in one or more of its countries. These awardees have contributed with outstanding mathematical achievements in their early stages of their careers.


navasbyn  Andrés Navas was born in Santiago de Chile in 1976. He got his PhD at ÉcoleNormaleSupérieurede Lyon. His mathematical work focuses on interactions between Group Theory and Dynamical Systems, with incursions in Geometry, Topology, and Probability. His first major result concerns Kazhdan group actions on the circle.

onshusbyn  Alf Onshuus was born in 1976 in Bogotá, Colombia. He got his Ph. D. in Berkeley.He is a model theorist whose contributionshave given common ground to the two major subareas of model theory: stability theory and o-minimality.He has been Chair of the Department of Mathematic at the University of Los Andes where he is a full professor.

riverobyn  Víctor Rivero was born in México city in 1976. He got his PhD at the University of Paris. He has developed his career in the Centro de Investigación en Matemáticas CIMAT at Guanajuato since 2005 in the areas of Probability and Stochastic Processes. His major contributions areLévy processes, self-similar Markov processes, general Markov processes and regenerative sets.

texeirabyn  Eduardo Teixeira was born in São Paulo, Brazil in 1976. He obtained his PhD at the University of Texas at Austin, under Prof. Luis A. Caffarelli. His research concerns non-linear partial differential equations and their applications. Teixeira hasmade contributions to the theory of fully nonlinear equations, degenerate elliptic and parabolic PDEs, free boundary theory, and geometric measure analysis.

walshbyn  Miguel Walsh was born in 1987 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He received his Ph. D. from the University of Buenos Aires. Walsh works in ergodic theory and his major contributionshave focused on the limiting behavior of nonconventional ergodic averages.



 america prize This prize awards individuals and groups in recognition of their work to enhance collaboration among mathematicians in the Americas. The next awardees have been co-nominated by four persons from at least two different countries.


clemensbyn  Herb Clemens received his Ph. D. from the University of California at Berkeley in 1966. His career combines a strong interest in research in the mathematical area of algebraic geometry with a lifelong interest in undergraduate education and the promotion of mathematics in the developing world. Early in his carreer he spent two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Peru and Chile. He has been awarded with a Laurea Honoris Causa by the University of Turin, in Italy and an HonorisCausa Doctorate from the University of Santiago in Chile. Professor Clemens was not able to join us today in this ceremony, but in his statement of acceptance he donates “the monies connected with this award to UMALCA, whose efforts in the less mathematically developed countries of the region have reached and continue to reach so many, to such great effect”.

umalca  Unión Matemática de América Latina y el Caribe. UMALCA was founded in a meeting held in 1995, at IMPA, Brasil, where the mathematical societies from Argentina, Brasil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, México, Perú, Uruguay and Venezuela decided to create a regional organization to foster cooperation and academic exchange between mathematicians. The Union received later mathematical societies from Ecuador, Paraguay, Bolivia and Costa Rica. Flagship activities of UMALCA are the Latin American Congress of Mathematicians and the Emalca schools organized in places and regions where mathematics is less developed. These schools receive academic and financial support from institutions in several Latin American countries and from the International Center for Pure and Applied Mathematics, CIMPA in France. The President of the Executive Committe of UMALCA Servet Martínez receives the Prize.



solomon prize  Two Solomon Lefschetz Medals have been awarded to mathematicians in recognition of the excellence in their research and the relevant contributions done for the development of mathematics in the Americas.


cafarelibyn   Luis A. Caffarelli was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1948. He completed his Ph. D. in mathematics at the Universidad de Buenos Aires. In 1973, he moved to the United States where he has held positions at the University of Minnesota, the University of Chicago, the Courant Institute, the Institute for Advanced Study and the University of Texas at Austin. Since his early work on free boundary problems his extraordinary talent and intuition began to show. Among his many important contributions we mention the study of fully nonlinear elliptic partial differential equations and his joint work with Kohn and Nirenberg on partial regularity of solutions of the incomprensible Navier-Stokes equation in 3 space dimensions.

He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas, the Association for Women in Mathematics. He has received many honorary distinctions and prizes.

 palisbyn  Jacob Palis was born in Uberaba, in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais in 1940. He obtained his Ph.D. degree at the University of Berkeley under the supervision of Steve Smale, a 1966 Fields Medalist. In his thesis, he proved that gradient-like dynamical systems in lower dimensions are stable. This remarkable result was later extended with Smale to all dimensions and they formulated the famous Stability Conjectures that proposed precise conditions for a dynamical system to be stable.

In 1968, Palis returned to Rio de Janeiro to undertake a career at the Instituto de Matemática Pura e Aplicada (IMPA), an institution of which he would rapidly become part of the soul and a main driving force. His influence and leadership were fundamental in making IMPA one of the finest scientific centers in the developing world and a reference for excellence in mathematics in global terms.

In the early 1980’s, Palis pioneered another major topic in dynamics, the theory of homoclinic tangencies. Later, Palis formulated a series of conjectures on the key mechanism underlying global instabilities which have been a central topic of research in the area in the last decade or so.

The influence of Jacob Palis in the mathematics of the Latin America are deep and numerous; among others, the creation and continuous support of the work of UMALCA.