Thirty year old Fields Medal winner Peter Scholze is already considered one of the world’s most influential mathematicians by the scientific community. “I often have a vague notion of what I want to understand but I’m missing the words to say that,” he explained. “Then I read another paper and I can suddenly express what I want to.” With his long hair and dazzling ability to see patterns and connections, he has been called the ‘Mozart of Mathematics’ and some of his contemporaries admit to being intimidated in his presence. He was a favorite to pick up the medal this year and his win didn’t surprise many working in the field.
Aged 24, Scholze became a full professor at Bonn University in Germany after completing his undergraduate course and masters degree in only 5 semesters. He became modern math giant in 2010 when he simplified a complex mathematical proof of numbers theory from 288 to 37 pages. A specialist in arithmetic algebraic geometry, Scholze has collected top math prizes. He is a former recipient of the EMS, Leibniz, Fermat, Ostrowski, Cole, Clay Research, SASTRA Ramanujan, Prix and Cours Peccot. His work focuses on building a bridge between arithmetic and geometry. Despite already achieving so much, his still has huge potential, and the German researcher shows no signs of slowing down. “As soon as you solve one problem there are 10 more coming,” he explained.