Rackham and U-M Department of Mathematics alumnus June Huh (Ph.D. ’14) has been named a 2022 Fields Medalist.
The Fields Medal, awarded every four years to between two and four mathematicians under the age of 40 by the International Mathematical Union, recognizes outstanding achievements in the field, as well as the promise of future achievements in the recipients’ careers. It is widely considered one of the highest honors in mathematics, comparable with a Nobel Prize.
Huh, a professor in the Department of Mathematics at Princeton University, was honored for his important contributions to the field, namely “for bringing the ideas of Hodge theory to combinatorics, the proof of the Dowling–Wilson conjecture for geometric lattices, the proof of the Heron–Rota–Welsh conjecture for matroids, the development of the theory of Lorentzian polynomials, and the proof of the strong Mason conjecture.”
Huh combined tools and approaches from various areas of mathematics, which led to proofs for several longstanding mathematical problems.
At U-M, Huh was advised by Mircea Mustaţă, a professor in the Department of Mathematics.