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Russian mathematician rejects $1 million prize

world Updated: Jul 01, 2010 21:03 IST

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A Russian mathematician is rejecting a $1 million prize for solving one of the most challenging problems because he considers it unfair.

Grigory Perelman said on Thursday according to the Interfax news agency that a week ago he told the Clay Mathematics Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts, he was turning down the prize.

Perelman was quoted by Interfax as saying he believes his contribution in proving the Poincare conjecture was no greater than that of US mathematician Richard Hamilton, who first suggested a program for the solution.

The Clay Mathematics Institute confirmed in a statement on its Web site that Perelman had informed it of his refusal to accept the prize.

The Poincare conjecture deals with shapes that exist in four or more dimensions.