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Humboldt research award winner Kari Vilonen coming to MPIM

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Prof. Kari Vilonen has received one of the prestigeous Humboldt Research Awards of 2014 for his important contributions to geometric representation theory. He will use the award for a research stay at the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in Bonn. His host is MPIM researcher Geordie Williamson.

Kari Vilonen received his PhD in 1983 from Brown University. After postdoctoral positions at MIT and MSRI from 1983-1986, he was Assistant Professor at Harvard University from 1986-1989. From 1989-2000 he held a faculty position at Brandeis University and was visiting professor at MPIM in 1998 and Harvard University in 1999. Since 2000 he is on the faculty at Northwestern University and since 2010 at Helsinki University. Kari Vilonen was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1997 and an AMS Centennial Fellowship in 1991. He was editor of Annals of Mathematics from 2003-2009 and is member of the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters.

The Humboldt research award is granted "in recognition of a researcher's entire achievements to date to academics whose fundamental discoveries, new theories, or insights have had a significant impact on their own discipline and who are expected to continue producing cutting-edge achievements in the future." Award winners are invited to spend a period of up to one year cooperating on a long-term research project with specialist colleagues at a research institution in Germany. The award is valued at 60,000 EUR.


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