On the afternoon of Tuesday, June 9, 2015, Her Majesty Queen Mathilde of Belgium attended the 2015 Prix Francqui held at the Palais des Académies in Brussels. The winner of the award went to Professor Stefaan Vaes from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KU Leuven) for his “…ground-breaking work on the structure and classification of operator algebras.”
According to the Prix Francqui jury, via a press release, Professor Vaes:
“…findings have significantly improved all existing techniques in his field of research. In addition, Stefaan Vaes inspires an entire generation of young mathematicians in Belgium and beyond. The jury also recognised Professor Vaes for his efforts to make the abstract world of mathematics and applications including the search algorithms behind Google more accessible for the general public.”
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