Maxim Kontsevich was born in 1964 in Khimki, Russia and became a French citizen since 1999.  He is a Permanent Professor at l’Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques, France and a holder of the AXA-IHÉS Chair for Mathematics.  In 1992 he received his PhD from the University of Bonn, Germany and during the period 1990 to 1993, he was a visitor at various institutes, including the Max Planck Institute, Harvard University and the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton. He was appointed Professor at the University of California, Berkeley from 1993 to 1995 and has received many awards including the Henri Poincaré Prize in 1997, the Fields Medal in 1998 and the Crafoord Prize in 2008.  He is a member of the Academia Europaea and l’Institut de France.

29 May 2012   Hong Kong