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22 January 2018 20:24 (South Africa)

Russian mathematician refuses $1m prize

  • Andy Rice
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    Andy Rice

    Andy Rice is a founding partner of Yellowwood Future Architects, a marketing strategy consultancy. In his other lives, he is the southern hemisphere's only supporter of Cambridge United Football Club, and was once upon a time the South African National Spoofing Champion. He has played football at Wembley and cricket at Lord's within the same weekend, but troubled the scorer on neither occasion. Things could only go up from here.

Russian mathematician Grigori Perelman, who was recently awarded the $1 million Clay Mathematics Institute Millennium Prize for solving the PoincarĂ© conjecture in 2003, has turned down the money. Perelman felt that he didn't deserve the prize because he had merely built upon the work of US mathematician Richard Hamilton. Perelman, described by the Washington Post as "famously impoverished", is known for his eccentricities. Read more: Washington Post

  • Andy Rice
    andy rice
    Andy Rice

    Andy Rice is a founding partner of Yellowwood Future Architects, a marketing strategy consultancy. In his other lives, he is the southern hemisphere's only supporter of Cambridge United Football Club, and was once upon a time the South African National Spoofing Champion. He has played football at Wembley and cricket at Lord's within the same weekend, but troubled the scorer on neither occasion. Things could only go up from here.

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