Hugo Duminil-Copin is a French mathematician. He is a professor at the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Geneva and a permanent professor at the Institute of Advanced Scientific Studies (Bures-sur-Yvette).
His work focuses on the mathematical branch of statistical physics. More particularly, he studies phase transitions. He uses probability theory to analyze mathematical models describing physical phenomena such as magnetization, polymers and porosity of materials.
By using deep connections between these models and developing a theory of so-called dependent percolation, Hugo Duminil-Copin obtained transformative results on these classical models, thereby improving our understanding of critical phenomena in equilibrium statistical physics. He was awarded the 2022 Fields Medal for his work.
His research has been recognized by numerous prizes. In 2012, he received the Rollo Davidson prize with Vincent Beffara and the Vacheron Constantin prize. In 2013, he received the Oberwolfach Prize and the “Early Career Award” from the International Association of Mathematical Physics. In 2016, he received the prize from the European Mathematical Society, and that of “New Horizons in Mathematics” from the Breakthrough Foundation in 2017. The same year, he was awarded the Grand Prix Jacques Herbrand from the Academy of Sciences and the Loève prize rewarding remarkable research in the field of probability.
Elected a member of the Academia Europaea in 2019, he was also awarded the Dobrushin prize that same year.