(Originally posted at http://joelnoche.multiply.com/journal/item/7/Perelman-Awarded-First-CMI-Millenium-Prize on March 23, 2010 10:13 AM)
In 2002 and 2003, Grigoriy Perelman posted three preprints on arXiv.org, which are now commonly agreed to provide a proof of the Poincaré Conjecture (pronounced “pwan ka RAY”). (He actually proved a more general conjecture of which the Poincaré Conjecture is a special case.)
In 2006, Perelman was awarded a Fields Medal, which he declined.
Last March 18, 2010, the Clay Mathematics Institute announced that it had awarded its first Millenium Prize to Perelman. (Read more about it here and here.) The prize includes an award of $1 million. Will he also decline this award?