The greatest national French news was certainly the award of the Fields Medal (the equivalent of the Nobel Prize for Mathematics) to French mathematician Hugo Duminil Copin (36), along with Ukrainian Marina Viazovska (37), American June Huh (39) and British James Maynard (35). The rule is that the laureate be under 40, and it is awarded every four years to up to four candidates. Interestingly the French and Ukrainian candidates (the second lady since 1936 when the first Prize was awarded) teach in Geneva (and Paris) and Lausanne. The South Korean American Huh teaches at Princeton while Maynard teaches at Oxford. The awards ceremony took place in a beautifully designed hall in Helsinki where the International Congress of Mathematicians was taking place instead of St Petersburg.
The second news of the week, was that, after spending thirty years at the helm of château de Chantilly, and curating fifty four exhibitions, Nicole Garnier is retiring and Mathieu Deldicque is becoming director of the museum. Both are alumni of the famous Ecole Nationale des Chartes. He spent seven years learning the secrets of Duc d’Aumale’s fabulous collections with Nicole and will now run the place with the help of Baptiste Roelly, a specialist of German art and a writer.
Les Amis du Musée Condé in Chantilly gave a charming party for her retirement in the courtyard of the Capitainerie. She has been the soul and the constant perpetrator of Duc d’Aumale’s collections and Claude Charpentier, President of the Amis, listed all the collaborations between them. The restoration of countless paintings, including the two most recent ones, Duc and Duchesse d’Aumale’s portraits by Franz Xaver Winterhalter in 1843 and 1844, which will be deposited by Versailles at Chantilly next September, to celebrate the 200 th anniversary of d’Aumale’s birth. Nicole Garnier will remain nearby and is the curator of a new drawing exhibition this autumn. The Dürer exhibition, curated by Deldicque, is taking place all summer and many activities are organized in the park for children and adults.
We are also happy to salute Professor Victoire de Lastours being made Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur by Professor Sabine Sarnacki, a senior surgeon at Hôpital Necker for children and deputy dean of the Faculté de Médecine. At 45, Professor de Lastours, an internal medicine ann infectious disease specialist, I head of the antibiotic stewardship of Hôpital Beaujon, teaching hospital and in charge of foreign programs at Faculté de Médecine de l’Université Paris Cité where she also teaches. She was surrounded by her family, children, siblings, nephews and Sabine Sarnacki stressed the importance of family ties in her speech. Far from being a stiff ceremony, the event was a joyful children party.
At l’Institut, the Prize Pierre Antoine Bernheim, which is dedicated to the history of religions and philosophy, was awarded by Nicolas Grimal to “Christianism and Slavery by Olivier Grenouilleau, published by Gallimard.
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