Famous people of Russia born today:
13 июня [iyùnya] (June) 1966
Григорий Перельман. Grigori Perelman
выдающийся российский математик, первым доказавший гипотезу Пуанкаре.is a Russian mathematician who has made landmark contributions to Riemannian geometry and geometric topology.
He is the man who solved the most important and difficult open problems in topology, who was awarded the Fields Medal, called "Breakthrough of the Year" (the first such recognition in the area of mathematics) and was announced to had met the criteria to receive the first Clay Millennium Prize.
But SURPRISINGLY for everyone in the World, Perelman declined to accept the Fields Medal or to appear at the congress, stating: "I'm not interested in money or fame, I don't want to be on display like an animal in a zoo."
After that he turned down the prize of ONE MILLION DOLLARS, saying that he considers his contribution to the problem to be no greater than that of Richard Hamilton, another mathematician of that area.