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Antti Kupiainen
University of Helsinki


"For fundamental contributions to quantum field theory, statistical mechanics, and fluid dynamics using geometric, probabilistic, and renormalization group ideas."


Antti Kupiainen is Professor of Mathematics at the University of Helsinki. He received his M.S. in mathematics from Helsinki University of Technology in 1976 and his Ph.D. in physics from Princeton in 1979 under the supervision of Tom Spencer and Barry Simon. After postdoc work at Harvard in Arthur Jaffe’s group and periods at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, Harvard and IHES in Paris he became Professor of Mathematics at Rutgers University where he benefitted from the inspired atmosphere of Joel Lebowitz group. Since 1992 he has been employed by the University of Helsinki and the Academy of Finland. He is a member of the International Association of Mathematical Physics (IAMP) where he served as the president of in 2012-14. He has been twice the recipient of the European Research Council (ERC) advanced grant and twice an invited speaker at the International Congress of Mathematics (ICM). Professor Kupiainen has worked on mathematical problems connected to quantum field theory, statistical mechanics, turbulence and most recently on Liouville quantum gravity. He has enjoyed and benefited from working in collaboration with several excellent scientists: most prominently Krzysztof Gawedzki and Jean Bricmont and most recently Remi Rhodes and Vincent Vargas. His major accomplishments include rigorous construction of asymptotically free quantum fields, proof of phase transition in random field Ising model, discovery of intermittent scaling behaviour in turbulent advection and proof of the DOZZ formula for Liouville conformal field theory.

Selection Committee:

Jan Dereziński (chair), Joel Lebowitz, Herbert Spohn, Hal Tasaki and Nicolai Reshetikin