Russian maths star shuns eye surgery for mother: officials

Jun 14, 2011

Russian maths genius Grigori Perelman, who famously turned down a $1 million prize last year, now appears to be refusing free eye surgery for his mother.

Mayoral officials in St Petersburg, where the 44-year-old eccentric shares a home with his mother, said Perelman had yet to respond to the city's offer of eye care.

"We recently learned from of the Perelman family that his mother had ophthalmological problems and needed treatment," said the administration of Frounzenski district, where the mathematician lives.

"At the end of May we sent an offer of a free operation if necessary. But we have yet to receive a response from him."

In March last year Perelman was announced as the winner of the $1 million Clay Millennium Prize after proving the Poincaré conjecture, a topology problem proposed by French Henri Poincaré in 1904.

He later announced that he would not accept the prize because of a "disagreement" in the maths community.

Explore further: Researcher figures out how sharks manage to act like math geniuses

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Russian mathematician rejects $1 million prize

Jul 01, 2010

(AP) -- He said nyet to $1 million. Grigory Perelman, a reclusive Russian mathematics genius who made headlines earlier this year for not immediately embracing a lucrative math prize, has decided to decline ...

'Nyet' to $1 million? Math genius may reject award

Mar 29, 2010

(AP) -- Who doesn't want to be a millionaire? Maybe a 43-year-old unemployed bachelor who lives with his elderly mother in Russia - and who won $1 million for solving a problem that has stumped mathematicians ...

French-Russian mathematician Gromov wins Abel prize

Mar 26, 2009

French-Russian mathematician Mikhail Gromov on Thursday won one of the world's top mathematics award, Norway's Abel Prize, for "his revolutionary contributions to geometry," the prize committee said.

Child of Vietnam war wins top maths honour

Aug 19, 2010

Vietnamese-born mathematician Ngo Bao Chau on Thursday won the maths world's version of a Nobel Prize, the Fields Medal, cementing a journey that has taken him from war-torn Hanoi to the pages of Time magazine.

Top Russian mathematician Vladimir Arnold dies

Jun 03, 2010

Russian Vladimir Arnold, one of the most important mathematicians of the 20th century, died Thursday in France just a few days short of his 73rd birthday, Russian news agencies reported.

Japanese stem cell researcher wins Balzan prize

Sep 06, 2010

(AP) -- The Balzan Foundation says its prize for the biology of stem cells has gone to a Japanese researcher for discovering a way to transform adult cells into cells with the characteristics of stem cells.

Recommended for you

New hadrosaur noses into spotlight

Sep 19, 2014

Call it the Jimmy Durante of dinosaurs – a newly discovered hadrosaur with a truly distinctive nasal profile. The new dinosaur, named Rhinorex condrupus by paleontologists from North Carolina State Univer ...

Scholar tracks the changing world of gay sexuality

Sep 19, 2014

With same-sex marriage now legalized in 19 states and laws making it impossible to ban homosexuals from serving in the military, gay, lesbian and bisexual people are now enjoying more freedoms and rights than ever before.

User comments : 2

Adjust slider to filter visible comments by rank

Display comments: newest first

ILIAD
not rated yet Jun 21, 2011
honor and pride... it hurts
Ionian
not rated yet Jul 22, 2011
His mom has the eye problems.
They should offer her the surgery.
Are they asking him?
She should represent herself.