MOSCOW, Aug. 19 (Xinhua) -- Russian mathematician Stanislav Smirnov was awarded the highest prize in mathematics on Thursday by the International Mathematical Union, RBC news agency reported.
Smirnov, born in St. Petersburg, currently works in Geneva University, where he proved a theorem in physics. He was awarded a Fields Medal worth 15,000 U.S. dollars.
This highest prize in mathematics, a gold medal, has been awarded once in four years since 1936. The nominee must not be older than 40.
Eight Russian mathematicians had been awarded with the Fields Prize since 1970. In 2006, another prize winner from St. Petersburg, the reclusive Grigory Perelman refused to accept the medal and repeatedly did so in the following years.