The **Fields Medal** is the most prestigious award for mathematicians and has been awarded every four years since 1936 at the International Mathematical Congress to at least two young mathematicians for their outstanding achievements. The prize is endowed with 15,000 Canadian dollars and was conceived by the Canadian mathematician John Charges Fields (1863-1932) to compensate for the lack of a Nobel Prize in Mathematics.

**Gerd Faltings**, Director at the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in Bonn, was honoured in 1986 for his proof of the Mordell Conjecture and his work in algebraic geometry.

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