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Wendelin Werner (born 23 September 1968) is a German-born French mathematician working on random processes such as self-avoiding random walks, Brownian motion, Schramm–Loewner evolution, and related theories in probability theory and mathematical physics. In 2006, at the 25th International Congress of Mathematicians in Madrid, Spain he received the Fields Medal "for his contributions to the development of stochastic Loewner evolution, the geometry of two-dimensional Brownian motion, and conformal field theory". He is professor at ETH Zürich.

Wendelin Werner
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Wendelin Werner at the ENS at Lyon
Born (1968-09-23) 23 September 1968 (age 50)
Cologne, West Germany
Nationality French
Alma mater École Normale Supérieure
Université Pierre-et-Marie-Curie
Awards Fields Medal (2006)
Pólya Prize (2006)
Loève Prize (2005)
Fermat Prize (2001)
EMS Prize (2000)
Davidson Prize (1998)
Scientific career
Fields Mathematics
Institutions ETH Zurich
Thesis Quelques propriétés du mouvement brownien plan (1993)
Doctoral advisor Jean-François Le Gall
Notable students Vincent Beffara



Werner was born on 23 September 1968 in Cologne, West Germany. His parents moved to France when he was nine months old. In 1977 he became a French national.[1] After a classe préparatoire at Lycée Hoche in Versailles, he studied at École Normale Supérieure from 1987 to 1991. His 1993 doctorate was written at the Université Pierre-et-Marie-Curie and supervised by Jean-François Le Gall. Werner was a research officer at the CNRS (National Center of Scientific Research, Centre national de la recherche scientifique) from 1991 to 1997, during which period he held a two-year Leibniz Fellowship, at the University of Cambridge. He has been Professor at the University of Paris-Sud in Orsay from 1997 to 2013 (and has also been teaching at the École Normale Supérieure from 2005 to 2013).[2][3]

Awards and honorsEdit

He has received other awards, including the Fermat Prize in 2001, the Grand Prix Jacques Herbrand (fr) of the French Academy of Sciences in 2003, the Loève Prize in 2005, and the 2006 SIAM George Pólya Prize with his collaborators Gregory Lawler and Oded Schramm. He was awarded the Rollo Davidson Prize in 1998 and is a trustee of the Rollo Davidson Trust. He became a member of the French Academy of Sciences in 2008. He is also member of other academies of sciences, including the Academy of Sciences Leopoldina and the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and is an honorary fellow of Gonville and Caius College.[2][3][4]


He also had a part in the day La Passante du Sans-Souci.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Der Mann, der den Zufall beherrscht" [The men who controls chance] (in German). Der Bund. Retrieved 1 August 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Wendelin Werner, 2006 Fields Medal Winner - CNRS press release". Centre national de la recherche scientifique. Retrieved 1 August 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Curriculum Vitae of Wendelin Werner" (PDF). International Mathematical Union. Retrieved 1 August 2018.
  4. ^ "The Rollo Davidson Trust". University of Cambridge. Retrieved 1 August 2018.

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