1964 – Born on the 25th of August in Moscow, Russia.
1985 – He attended Moscow State University but left without a degree to become a researcher at the Institute for Problems of Information Transmission in Moscow.
1992 – He received his Ph.D. at the University of Bonn under Don Bernard Zagier.
– His thesis proves a conjecture by Edward Witten that two quantum gravitational models are equivalent.
1998 – He received a Fields Medal, at the 23rd International Congress of Mathematicians in Berlin.
2007 – Currently he is a professor at the Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques (IHÉS) in Bures-sur-Yvette, France and visiting professor at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA.