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Fields Medal for Mathematics Per Capita


XY scatter chart showing the distribution of fields medals for mathematics by nation per capita.

Regarding the number of Fields medalists, in per capita terms, honors go to small countries that fill the top ranking positions. Seven small nations — New Zealand, Norway, Finland, Belgium, Israel, Austria and Sweden — appear among the top ranked ten. France, with 12 medals, comes third, and is the first of the big nations in this ranking, achieving an index of 18.3 or 2.5 times the median (7.22).

Fields Medal for Mathematics
Per Capita, 1936-2018

CountryAwardsPopulation 2018Per capita
(million)(number/millionx100)
Australia224.88.1
Austria18.711.6
Belgium211.317.7
Brazil1208.20.5
Canada136.92.7
China11,422.10.1
Finland15.518.1
France1266.018.2
Germany282.22.4
Iran282.42.4
Israel18.312.1
Italy261.33.3
Japan3126.12.4
New Zealand14.721.1
Norway15.318.9
Russia ¹9140.96.4
Sweden19.910.1
United Kingdom764.910.8
United States14332.84.2
Vietnam195.71.0
Total65  
Median  7.22
Average  8.6
¹ Three former Soviet Union medalists included in Russia.

 

Sources: International Mathematical Union and United Nations Population Division.