XY scatter chart showing the distribution of fields medals for mathematics by nation per capita. Small countries fill the top ranking positions as regards the number of Fields medalists, with seven nations — New Zealand, Norway, Finland, Belgium, Israel, Austria and Sweden — among the top ranked ten. France, with 12 medals, is the first of the big nations in this ranking, achieving an index of 18.6 or more than three times the median (5.33).

In per capita terms, small countries fill the top ranking positions as regards the number of Fields medalists, with seven nations — New Zealand, Norway, Finland, Belgium, Israel, Austria and Sweden — among the top ranked ten. France, with 12 medals, is the first of the big nations in this ranking, achieving an index of 18.6 or more than three times the median (5.33).

 

Fields Medal for Mathematics
Per capita, 1936 - 2014

Country

Number

Population 2014

Per capita

(million)(number/millionx100)
Australia123.64.2
Austria18.511.7
Belgium211.117.9
Brazil1202.00.5
Canada135.52.8
China11,393.80.1
Finland15.418.4
France1264.618.6
Germany182.71.2
Iran178.51.3
Israel17.812.8
Italy161.11.6
Japan3127.02.4
New Zealand14.622.0
Norway15.119.6
Russia ¹9142.56.3
Sweden19.610.4
United Kingdom663.59.5
United States14322.64.3
Vietnam192.51.1
¹ Three former Soviet Union medalists included in Russia.

 

Sources: International Mathematical Union and United Nations Population Division.

 

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