Ingrid Daubechies recognized by UNESCO for excellence in Mathematics
Ingrid Daubechies is one of five outstanding women scientists from different parts of the world recognized for their excellence in the fields of material science, mathematics and computer science. They will each receive € 100,000 and will be highlighted alongside fifteen young female international scientific talents, at a ceremony scheduled for March 14 at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris.
Opening of the Mathematics and Computer Science Awards
While mathematics is a prestigious discipline and a source of innovation in many fields, it is also one of the scientific areas where women are least represented at the highest level. Since the creation of the three most prestigious international mathematics awards (Fields, Wolf and Abel), 141 laureates have been rewarded; among them only one woman.
The L'Oréal Foundation and UNESCO have therefore chosen to strengthen their commitment to women scientists by opening the International Prize for Subject Sciences to two new areas of research: mathematics and computer science.
Two women mathematicians are among the five winners of the 2019 Women and Science Prize: French Claire Voisin, one of five women to receive the gold medal from the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) and first mathematician to join the Collège de France, as well as Ingrid Daubechies, from Duke University, in the United States, first researcher president of the International Mathematical Union (UMI).