12 Fields medals | Laurent Schwartz (1950), Jean-Pierre Serre (1954), René Thom (1958), Alexander Grothendieck (1966), Alain Connes (1982), Pierre-Louis Lions and Jean-Christophe Yoccoz (1994), Laurent Lafforgue (2002), Wendelin Werner (2006), Ngô Bào Châu and Cédric Villani (2010), Artur Avila (2014).
1 Gauss Prize | Yves Meyer (2010).
3 Abel Prizes | Jean-Pierre Serre (2003), Jacques Tits (2008), Mikhail Gromov (2009).
65 ERC grants
Some 50 mathematical journals, including electronic ones, are published in France
Women in mathematics, a national issue
28% of all mathematics theses were defended by women graduates, and
20.9% of all research positions in the CNRS (Junior or Sen ior scientists) and in universities (as Lecturers or Professors) were held by women.
An action plan for professional equality between women and men is being carried out by the Mission pour la place des femmes au CNRS. Moreover a national association, Femmes & mathématiques, promotes maths among women, with particular attention to younger women.
3 visiting and residential centres
22 annual research schools organized in developing
countries by the CIMPA (Centre International de Mathématiques Pures et Appliquées) attract roughly 1400 participants each year.
The socio-economic impact of mathematics in France
15% of the French GNP and 9% of all jobs in France are impacted by mathematics, according to the Economic Impact Assessment of Mathematics, published in 2015.
French mathematical research in numbers
3600 researchers & academics, 1500 PhDs, 200 Postdocs
400 administrative research support positions
60 mathematics laboratories
9 CNRS units outside France
13 international networks
3 mathematical societies
SFdS (Société Française de Statistiques)
SMAI (Société de Mathématiques Appliquées et Industrielles)
SMF (Société Mathématique de France)
and a large range of associations working for outreach and the dissemination of mathematics (within the last 5 years, 27 associations have benefited from funding from the national programme Cap’Maths).