Timothy Gowers
  • 1998 Fields Medal


1998 Fields Medal
Sir William Timothy Gowers, is a British mathematician. He is a Royal Society Research Professor at the Department of Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics at the University of Cambridge, and is a Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge. In 1998, he received the Fields Medal for research connecting the fields of functional analysis and combinatorics.

Education and Work Experience

1990, Ph.D., Trinity College Cambridge
1991-1994, Lecturer, University College London
1995-1998, University Lecturer, Cambridge
1998-Present, Rouse Ball Professor of Mathematics, Cambridge
2009-Present, Royal Society Research Professor

Honors and Awards

1996, European Mathematical Society Prize
1998, Fields Medal
1999, Fellow of the Royal Society
2012, Knighthood "for services to mathematics"

Major Academic Achievements

Gowers’ main contributions are in the fields of functional analysis and combinatorics. He skillfully uses a method of combinatorics to create a series of structures that are completely symmetrical in the Banach space.