We are pleased to announce that the 2022 CRM-Fields-PIMS Prize is awarded to Bálint Virág, of the University of Toronto. The price is awarded for his exceptional contributions to mathematical research, in the area of probability.
Virág earned his Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley in 2000, after which he was a Moore Instructor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, before going to the University of Toronto in 2003 as a Canada Research Chair. He has been awarded the Rollo Davidson Prize in Probability, the Coxeter-James Prize in 2010 and the John L. Synge Award from the Royal Society of Canada in 2014. Virág was a speaker at the International Congress of Mathematicians in 2014. Virág’s research spans a wide range of areas of probability, including random matrix theory, Kardar-Parisi-Zhang (KPZ) universality, and random sorting networks. Virág has an outstanding record of training students and postdoctoral fellows. Many of them have been gone on to become leaders in probability in their own right.
The CRM-Fields-PIMS prize is the premier Canadian award for research achievements in the mathematical sciences. It is awarded jointly by the three largest Canadian mathematics institutes: the Centre de Recherches Mathématiques (CRM) in Montreal, the Fields Institute in Toronto, and the Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences (PIMS) in Vancouver.