Artur Avila and Dynamics

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Arthur Davila's Biography


Artur Avila was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1979. At the age of 16, he wins the International Mathematical Olympiad gold medal, in Toronto, and then enters the Instituto Nacional de Matemática Pura y Aplicada (IMPA) of Rio de Janeiro, where he begins mathematical studies while finishing highschool. He  is 19 years old when he starts a thesis directed by Welington de Melo, that he finishes in 2001. He spends two years from 2001 to 2003 at the Collège de France doing a postdoc before being hired by the CNRS in 2003.
In 2005, he gives the Collège de France’s Cours Peccot on the theme : "Dynamique des cocycles quasipériodiques et spectre de l'opérateur presque-Mathieu".
In 2006, at the age of 27, he wins two important awards : the CNRS Bronze Medal and the Salem Prize. He also receives a 3 years research fellowship from the Clay Mathematics Institute, that gives him the opportunity to spend much time in the IMPA.
CNRS Research Director since 2008, he currently works in Rio and Paris.

During the 5th European Congress of Mathematics in July 2008, he receives the European Society of Mathematics Prize for his work on dynamical systems and especially his contributions on the Teichmuller Flow and the intervals exchanges.


 In july 2009, he receives from the french Academy of Sciences the Grand Prix Jacques Herbrand, which rewards every two years a young researcher aged of less than 35. The last awardees of the prize was Cédric Villani (2007), Franck Barthe (2005) and Wendelin Werner (2003).