Andrew Wiles, Eugene Higgins Professor of
Mathematics, received a special tribute from the
International Mathematical Union on August 18.
Because he was just past 40 when he completed
his final proof of Fermat's Last Theorem, Wiles was
not eligible for the Fields Medal, the highest
honor in mathematics, which is awarded once every
four years to mathematicians 40 and younger. So the
IMU awarded him its first-ever silver plaque at
this year's congress in Berlin.