Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest
Born in Hungary in 1953, mathematician Péter Frankl obtained his PhD from the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in 1977. In the same year he visited Moscow’s Steklov Institute of Mathematics for three months – taking juggling lessons on the side at the Moscow State College of Circus and Variety Arts. He continued his scientific career in Paris as a researcher at CNRS from 1979, then at Bell Laboratories, New Jersey, as a consultant from 1982 to 1991. He became a French citizen in 1987, and a member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in 1998. Since 1988 he has been living mostly in Tokyo. He has published more than 250 scientific papers in English and many more short articles in Japanese for the dissemination of mathematics. In addition, he has published more than 20 non-mathematical books in Japanese and appeared on many TV programs. Travelling to more than 100 countries to give lectures at universities, he also juggles on the streets and at various institutions including schools, refugee camps, and orphanages.