# Caucher Birkar

Kurdish mathematician

**Caucher Birkar** (born July 1978, in Marivan, Kurdistan Province, Iran, as **Fereydon Derakhshani** فریدون درخشانی) is an Iranian mathematician and a professor at the University of Cambridge. He was awarded the Fields Medal in 2018, "for his proof of boundedness of Fano varieties and contributions to the minimal model problem".

## Quotes

edit### "An innovator who brings order to an infinitude of equations" Quanta Magazine (2018)

editKevin Hartnett (1 August 2018), "An innovator who brings order to an infinitude of equations", *Quanta Magazine*.

- In Tehran university, at the math club, where I was studying the pictures of Fields medalists were lining the walls. I looked at them and said to myself, ‘Will I ever meet one of these people?’ At that time in Iran, I couldn’t even know that I’d be able to go to the West.

- To go from the point that I didn’t imagine meeting these people to the point where someday I hold a medal myself — I just couldn’t imagine that this would come true.

- I read all these books and I had the feeling that just reading things is not enough. I also wanted to create my own stuff, to create something new.