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Popov Prize

Help us recognize and support the distinguished research accomplishments of young mathematicians working in Approximation Theory and related areas.

The Popov prize fund is currently hosted by the Fondation Science Mathématiques de Paris (FSMP).

All donations are directed to the Vasil A. Popov Prize ensuring that 100% of your contribution benefits the mathematicians we recognize with this award.

More information about the prize below.

Tax reduction

Donations to the Fondation Sciences Mathématiques de Paris are eligible for a tax reduction (conditions set out in articles 200, 238 bis and 978 of the French General Tax Code).

For individuals

You can benefit from a tax reduction equal to 66% of the amount of your donation, within the limit of 20% of your taxable income. If you are liable for the Impôt sur la fortune immobilière (IFI), you can benefit from a reduction in your IFI equal to 75% of the amount of your donation, up to a limit of 50,000 euros. Please note that the fraction of the donation that gives rise to an IFI reduction cannot be used to claim a tax reduction at the same time. When the donation is eligible for both, the donor can choose one or the other or decide to split the donation.

For organizations

All payments to the Fondation Sciences Mathématiques de Paris allow to benefit from a corporate tax reduction of 60% of the amount of these payments, capped at 20 000 € or 5 ‰ (5 per thousand) of the annual turnover excluding tax of the company. If the ceiling is exceeded, the excess can be carried forward to the next 5 fiscal years.

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Prize description

The Vasil A. Popov Prize was established in memory of the late Professor Vasil A. Popov of Bulgaria in recognition of his outstanding contributions to mathematics. The Prize was created in 1995 and has been maintained solely by contributions from his colleagues, friends, and those who support the existence of such a prize. The Prize recognizes distinguished research accomplishments in Approximation Theory and related areas of mathematics. Eligibility for the Prize is restricted to young mathematicians removed less than 6 years from their doctoral degree.

The Vasil A. Popov Prize, which consists of an engraved marble trophy and a cash award of 2000 euros, is awarded every third year. The Prize is traditionally awarded at the International Conferences on Approximation Theory. The Vasil A. Popov Prize is good for Approximation Theory ! It not only brings recognition to this field but also encourages young talented mathematicians into this area of research.

  • The First Prize in 1995 was awarded to Albert Cohen (Paris VI);
  • the Second Prize in 1998 to Arno Kuijlaars (Katholieke Universiteit in Leuven, Belgium);
  • the Third Prize in 2001 to Emmanuel Candes (Cal Tech);
  • the Fourth Prize in 2004 to Serguei Denissov (University of Wisconsin-Madison);
  • the Fifth Prize in 2007 to Mauro Maggioni (Duke University);
  • the Sixth Prize in 2010 to Joel A. Tropp (California Institute of Technology);
  • the Seventh Prize in 2013 to Andriy Bondarenko (National Taras Shevchenko University of Kyiv);
  • the Eighth Prize in 2016 to Jean-Marie Mirebeau (CNRS, Université Paris-Sud);
  • the Ninth Prize in 2020 to Danylo Radchenko (University of Bonn).

Please visit the Previous Winners page for details on the award winners.

The next Vasil A. Popov prize will be awarded in 2023 at the FoCM conference in Paris.

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The Selection Committee for the Vasil A. Popov Prize

  • Emmanuel Candes (Stanford University),
  • Albert Cohen, Chair (Sorbonne Université),
  • Wolfgang Dahmen (RWTH-Aachen),
  • Karlheinz Gröchenig (Universität Wien),
  • Peter Oswald (Dresden),
  • Pencho Petrushev, Co-Chair( University of South Carolina),
  • Vilmos Totik (University of South Florida).