Cédric Villani
Cédric Villani  

Cédric Villani in 2015


Born 
BrivelaGaillarde, France^{[1]} 
5 October 1973
Residence  Paris, France 
Nationality  French 
Fields  Mathematics 
Institutions 
Institut Henri Poincaré, Pierre and Marie Curie University University of Lyon Institut Camille Jordan 
Alma mater 
École Normale Supérieure Paris Dauphine University 
Thesis  Contribution à l'étude mathématique des équations de Boltzmann et de Landau en théorie cinétique des gaz et des plasmas (1998) 
Doctoral advisor  PierreLouis Lions 
Doctoral students 
Alessio Figalli Clément Mouhot 
Known for 
Boltzmann equation Kinetic theory Landau damping Transportation theory Otto–Villani theorem 
Notable awards 
EMS Prize (2008) Fermat Prize (2009) Henri Poincaré Prize (2009) Fields Medal (2010) Joseph L. Doob Prize (2014) 
Website cedricvillani.org 
Cédric Patrice Thierry Villani (French: [se.dʁik pa.tʁis tjɛ.ʁi vi.la.ni]; born 5 October 1973) is a French mathematician working primarily on partial differential equations, Riemannian geometry and mathematical physics. He was awarded the Fields Medal in 2010 and was the director of Pierre and Marie Curie University's Institut Henri Poincaré between 2010 and 2017.
Villani is also a politician. He sits in the National Assembly, the lower house of the French Parliament, representing Essonne's 5th constituency for En Marche !, the centrist political party of the French president Emmanuel Macron which currently holds the majority following the 2017 French legislative election.^{[2]} He was elected president of the French Parliamentary Office for the Evaluation of Scientific and Technological Choices in July 2017.
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Biography
After attending the Lycée LouisleGrand, Villani was admitted at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris and studied there from 1992 to 1996. He was later appointed an assistant professor in the same school. He received his doctorate at Paris Dauphine University in 1998, under the supervision of PierreLouis Lions, and became professor at the École normale supérieure de Lyon in 2000. He is now professor at the University of Lyon. He has been the director of Institut Henri Poincaré in Paris since 2009.^{[3]}^{[4]}
He has held various visiting positions at Georgia Tech (Fall 1999), the University of California, Berkeley (Spring 2004), and the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton (Spring 2009).^{[5]}
Mathematical work
Villani has worked on the theory of partial differential equations involved in statistical mechanics, specifically the Boltzmann equation, where, with Laurent Desvillettes, he was the first to prove how quickly convergence occurs for initial values not near equilibrium.^{[4]} He has written with Giuseppe Toscani on this subject. With Clément Mouhot, he has worked on nonlinear Landau damping.^{[6]} He has worked on the theory of optimal transport and its applications to differential geometry, and with John Lott has defined a notion of bounded Ricci curvature for general measured length spaces.^{[7]}
Villani received the Fields Medal for his work on Landau damping and the Boltzmann equation.^{[4]} He described the development of his theorem in his autobiographical book Théorème vivant (2012), published in English translation as Birth of a Theorem: A Mathematical Adventure (2015). He gave a TED talk at the 2016 conference in Vancouver.^{[8]}
Political career
In 2017, it was announced that Villani has been selected as a candidate for En Marche! in the French legislative election, 2017, for Essonne's 5th constituency.^{[9]}^{[10]} In the first round of voting, Villani obtained 47% of the vote and was thus strongly placed for the second round^{[11]} which he won with 69.36% of the vote.^{[12]}
Awards and honours
Diplomas, titles and awards
 1998: PhD Thesis (advisor P.L. Lions)
 2000: Habilitation dissertation
 2001: Louis Armand Prize of the Academy of Sciences
 2003: PeccotVimont Prize and Cours Peccot of the Collège de France
 2003: Plenary lecturer at the International Congress of Mathematical Physics (Lisbonne)
 2004: Harold Grad lecturer
 2004: Visiting Miller Professor, University of California Berkeley.
 2006: Institut Universitaire de France
 2006: Invited lecturer at the International Congress of Mathematicians (Madrid)
 2007: Grand Prix Jacques Herbrand (French Academy of Sciences)
 2008: Prize of the European Mathematical Society
 2009: Henri Poincaré Prize
 2009: Fermat Prize
 2010: Fields Medal
 2013: Gibbs lecturer: On Disorder, Mixing and Equilibration^{[13]}
 2014: Joseph L. Doob Prize by the American Mathematical Society for his book Optimal Transport: Old and New (Springer Verlag 2009)^{[14]}
Extraacademic distinctions
 2009: Knight of the National Order of Merit (France)
 2011: Knight of the Legion of Honor
 2013: Member of the French Academy of Sciences^{[15]}
 2016: Ordinary member of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences
Selected writings
 Limites hydrodynamiques de l'équation de Boltzmann, Séminaire Bourbaki, June 2001; Astérisque vol. 282, 2002.
 A Review of Mathematical Topics in Collisional Kinetic Theory, in Handbook of Mathematical Fluid Dynamics, edited by S. Friedlander and D. Serre, vol. 1, Elsevier, 2002, ISBN 9780444503305. doi:10.1016/S18745792(02)800040.
 Topics in Optimal Transportation, volume 58 of Graduate Studies in Mathematics, American Mathematical Society, 2003, ISBN 9780821833124.
 Optimal transportation, dissipative PDE's and functional inequalities, pp. 53–89 in Optimal Transportation and Applications, edited by L. A. Caffarelli and S. Salsa, volume 1813 of Lecture Notes in Mathematics, Springer, 2003, ISBN 9783540401926.
 Cercignani's conjecture is sometimes true and always almost true, Communications in Mathematical Physics, vol. 234, No. 3 (March 2003), pp. 455–490, doi:10.1007/s0022000207771.
 On the trend to global equilibrium for spatially inhomogeneous kinetic systems: the Boltzmann equation (with Laurent Desvillettes), Inventiones Mathematicae, vol. 159, #2 (2005), pp. 245–316, doi:10.1007/s0022200403899.
 Mathematics of Granular Materials, Journal of Statistical Physics, vol. 124, #2–4 (July/August 2006), pp. 781–822, doi:10.1007/s1095500690386.
 Optimal transport, old and new, volume 338 of Grundlehren der mathematischen Wissenschaften, Springer, 2009, ISBN 9783540710493.
 Ricci curvature for metricmeasure spaces via optimal transport (with John Lott), Annals of Mathematics vol. 169, No. 3 (2009), pp. 903–991.
 Hypocoercivity, volume 202, No. 950 of Memoirs of the American Mathematical Society, 2009, ISBN 9780821844984.
 Clément Mouhot; Cédric Villani (2009). "On Landau damping". arXiv:0904.2760 [math.AP].
 Théorème vivant, Bernard Grasset, Paris 2012
 Les Coulisses de la création, Flammarion, Paris 2015 (with composer and pianist Karol Beffa)

Freedom in Mathematics, Springer India, 2016 (with Pierre Cartier, Jean Dhombres, Gerhard Heinzmann), ISBN 9788132227861.
 Translation from the French language edition: Mathématiques en liberté, La Ville Brûle, Montreuil 2012, ISBN 9782360120260.
References
 ^ Sylvain Guilbaud; Antoine Walraet. "Cédric Villani", Encyclopædia Universalis.
 ^ Emmanuel Macron team announces candidates for France's June parliamentary election, ABC News Online, 12 May 2017
 ^ Mathematics Genealogy Project – Cédric Villani. Accessed on line 20 August 2010.
 ^ ^{a} ^{b} ^{c} "Fields Medal – Cédric Villani". Archived from the original on 29 August 2010. Retrieved 20 August 2010.

^ "Curriculum Vitae (Cédric Villani)" (PDF). http://cedricvillani.org. Retrieved 24 May 2017. External link in
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(help)  ^ Clément Mouhot; Cédric Villani (2010). "Landau damping". Journal of Mathematical Physics. 51 (15204): 015204. arXiv:0905.2167 . doi:10.1063/1.3285283.
 ^ John Lott; Cedric Villani (2004). "Ricci curvature for metricmeasure spaces via optimal transport". arXiv:math/0412127 [math.DG].
 ^ "Cédric Villani: What's so sexy about math?". TED. Retrieved 8 June 2016.
 ^ "France's Macron announces gender equal list of political outsiders". BBC News. 11 May 2017. Retrieved 11 May 2017.
 ^ "Communiqué de presse – Liste des investis aux élections législatives  En Marche !". En Marche !. Retrieved 11 May 2017.
 ^ "Cédric Villani : "L’idée, c’est d’avoir des compétences variées"". Libération. 15 Jun 2017. Retrieved 18 Jun 2017.
 ^ l'Intérieur, Ministère de. "Elections législatives 2017". elections.interieur.gouv.fr. Retrieved 20170619.
 ^ Josiah Willard Gibbs Lectures – No. 86, January 2013, San Diego, CA; Cédric Villani Accessed on line 20 May 2015.
 ^ Joseph L. Doob Prize – Most Recent Prize: 2014 Accessed on line 20 May 2015.
 ^ Cédric Villani, new member of the French Academy of Science Accessed on line 20 May 2015.
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 PDE theorists
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