About the competition
The Atos – Joseph Fourier Prize is an annual competition for scientists across the globe, applying individually or in teams to their local competitions.
The Atos – Joseph Fourier Prize aims at rewarding the work of researchers, academics and industrial scientists in three strategic areas: High Performance Computing, Artificial Intelligence and Edge Computing.
In order to stay at the forefront of innovation and remain competitive, public organizations and enterprises will have to understand how to effectively harness these emerging technologies.
Through this competition, Atos is supporting innovation in computer simulation and analysis that will lead to tangible industrial applications within our lifetime.
The Atos – Joseph Fourier Prize was first launched in France in 2009 by Bull, now being part of Atos, and by GENCI (Grand Equipement National de Calcul Intensif).
The prize pays tribute to mathematician Joseph Fourier whose work in the 18th century largely contributed to the mathematical modelization of physical phenomena.
More about Joseph Fourier
Jean-Baptiste Joseph Fourier (21 March 1768 – 16 May 1830) was a French mathematician and physicist and best known for initiating the investigation into Fourier series and their application to problems of heat transfer and vibrations. The Fourier transform and Fourier’s law are also named in his honor. Fourier is also generally credited with the discovery of the greenhouse effect.
Fourier accompanied Napoleon Bonaparte on his Egyptian expedition in 1798, as scientific adviser, and was appointed secretary of the Institut d’égypte. He contributed several mathematical papers to the Egyptian Institute which Napoleon founded at Cairo.
In 1801, Napoleon appointed Fourier Governor of the Department of Isère in Grenoble, where he oversaw road construction and other projects. However, Fourier had previously returned home from the Napoleonic expedition to Egypt to resume his academic post as professor at the école Polytechnique.
It was while at Grenoble that he began to experiment on the propagation of heat. He presented his paper On the Propagation of Heat in Solid Bodies to the Paris Institute on December 21, 1807.
In 1822, Fourier was elected Permanent Secretary of the French Academy of Sciences. In 1830, he was elected a foreign member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.
Joseph Fourier University in Grenoble is named after him.