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Michael H. Freedman Ph.D.

National Medal of Science - Mathematics and Computer Science 1987

American mathematician. Proof of Poincare Conjecture in dimension four. One of the greatest achievements in mathematics in this century. Fields Medal, 1986.

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Michael Freedman at Berkeley, 1973. Author: George M. Bergman. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

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Mathematician Michael Freedman during the 2010 New Zealand Institute of Mathematics & its Applications (NZIMA) Workshop on Topological Quantum Field Theory and Knot Homology Theory in Hahei, New Zealand, 2010. Author: Søren Fuglede Jørgensen. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

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Name: Michael Hartley Freednam
Birth: 21 April 1951 Los Angeles, CA USA
Institution when prize awarded: University of California, San Diego
Citation: "For his proof of the Poincare Conjecture in dimension four: a topological four-manifold is homeomorphic to S4 [4th power]. It is homotopy equivalent to S4 [4th power], one of the greatest achievements in mathematics in this century." Presented by President Reagan at a White House Ceremony on June 25, 1987.
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