Grigory Perelman turns down $1M prize for solving the Poincare Conjecture

The U.K.'s Daily Mail is reporting that reclusive mathematician Grigory Perelman has turned down the $1 million due him for solving the Poincaré Conjecture.

The U.K.'s Daily Mail is reporting that reclusive Russian mathematician Grigory Perelman has turned the $1 million due him for solving the Poincaré Conjecture.

According to reporter Will Stewart, Perelman, 44, lives as a recluse in a bare, cockroach-infested flat in St Petersburg. He said through a closed door: "I have all I want," when asked why he turned down the award.

For further insight into Perelman's life, work and personality, check out Failure's recent interview with Masha Gessen, author of the new biography on Perelman, "Perfect Rigor" (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt).