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Pius XI Medal Awarded to Peter Scholze

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Peter Scholze, director at the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics and professor at the University of Bonn, was awarded the Pius XI Gold Medal 2020 by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences. The medal is awarded every two years to a young scientist under the age of 45, chosen for his or her exceptional promise. After Luis A. Caffarelli (1988), Laure Saint-Raymond (2004), and Cédric Villani (2014), Peter Scholze is only the fourth mathematician to receive this honor.

Fields Medal awarded to Peter Scholze. New director at the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics receives highest distinction in Mathematics

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The Fields Medal is considered the Nobel Prize of mathematics, and this year the International Mathematical Union chose to award it to Peter Scholze. The professor at the University of Bonn’s Hausdorff Center for Mathematics and Director at the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics was presented with the award during the International Congress of Mathematicians in Rio de Janeiro. The 30-year-old is only the second German to ever receive this prize.

International Congress of Mathematicians 2018: Many Invited Speakers with Ties to MPIM

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A number of mathematicians who have held positions, were long-term visitors, or PhD students at the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics are invited to present their work at the next International Congress of Mathematicians (ICM), which will take place on August 1-9, 2018 in Rio de Janeiro. Most notably, the newly appointed MPIM director Peter Scholze and Geordie Williamson, who has been Advanced Researcher at MPIM from 2011-2016, are both invited plenary speakers. Further invited speakers with ties to MPIM include:

New Horizons in Mathematics Prize awarded to Geordie Williamson

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Geordie Williamson has received a New Horizons in Mathematics Prize jointly with Benjamin Elias for pioneering work in geometric representation theory, including the development of Hodge theory for Soergel bimodules and the proof of the Kazhdan-Lusztig conjectures for general Coxeter groups. Geordie had been advanced reseracher at the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics from 2011 until August 2016, when he moved to a position at the University of Sydney in his native country Australia.
The New Horizons in Mathematics Prize is an annual prize for junior researchers who have already produced important work. It consists of a monetary award of $100,000. The prize was established in 2016 and is funded by Mark Zuckerberg and Yuri Milner. The prize was awarded together with the Breakthrough Prizes 2017 on December 4, 2016 at a red carpet gala ceremony in Silicon Valley hosted by Morgan Freeman.

Pavel Mnev awarded 2016 André Lichnerowicz Prize in Poisson Geometry

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Pavel Mnev, an Advanced Researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics from 2014-2016, has been awarded the 2016 André Lichnerowicz Prize in Poisson Geometry. The biennial award is given for outstanding work by young mathematicians in Poisson Geometry.

Pavel Mnev received his Ph.D. in 2008 from the Steklov Mathematical Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences in St. Petersburg under the direction of the mathematical physicist Ludwig Faddeev. Mnev held a postdoctoral position at the University of Zurich, before coming to the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in Bonn in 2014. This fall, he has moved to a faculty position at the University of Notre Dame. His research interests are in mathematical physics, in particular in the interactions of quantum field theory with topology, homological/homotopical algebra, and supergeometry.

Interview with PhD student Danylo Radchenko on solving the sphere packing problem in dimension 24

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Danylo Radchenko, PhD student at the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics and the Bonn International Graduate School for Mathematics, on the famous sphere packing problem, his contribution to the proof in dimension 24, and on being a PhD student in Bonn.

You are co-author of a paper about the sphere packaging problem in dimension 24. Let’s start from the scratch: What’s the sphere packing problem about?

This problem goes way back to 1611 when Johannes Kepler discussed the question how to stack cannon balls most efficiently. He found the answer, but he couldn’t prove it. This is why it’s called the “Kepler conjecture”. Since then, physicists have been working with his solution. But for mathematicians it’s not enough to know the answer, we also have to find a way to deduce logically why it is indeed correct. The solution is actually pretty simple. Almost everyone will find it intuitively if you give them a bunch of balls and some time. But the mathematical proof of this is highly complex. Even for a normal three dimensional room, the proof was found only in 1998 by Thomas Hales.

Shaw Prize in Mathematical Sciences Awarded to Gerd Faltings

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At a press conference on June 1, 2015 in Hong Kong, the Shaw Prize Foundation announced that this year's Shaw Prize in Mathematical Sciences is awarded in equal shares to Gerd Faltings and Henryk Iwaniec for their introduction and development of fundamental tools in number theory, allowing them as well as others to resolve some longstanding classical problems. The prize consists of a monetary award of one million US dollars.

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.

Azubipreis 2014 der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft für MPIM-Auszubildenden

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Die Max-Planck-Gesellschaft hat Stefan Willems vom Bonner Max-Planck-Institut für Mathematik mit dem Azubipreis 2014 ausgezeichnet. Stefan Willems hat seine dreijährige Ausbildung zum Fachinformatiker Fachrichtung Systemintegration im Sommer 2013 abgeschlossen und ist derzeit weiter in der IT-Abteilung des MPIM beschäftigt.

Preis für Moritz Rodenhausen: jüngster Doktorand der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft

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Im Alter von nur 25 Jahren und 3 Monaten hat Moritz Rodenhausen seine Dissertation „Centralisers of polynomially growing automorphisms of free groups“ abgeschlossen. Dafür wurde ihm auf der Jahreshauptversammlung der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft im Juni dieses Jahres der Dieter-Rampacher-Preis 2013 für den jüngsten Doktoranden der gesamten Max-Planck-Gesellschaft verliehen. Der Preis ist mit 2400 Euro dotiert und wurde vom Präsidenten der MPG, Prof. Dr. Martin Stratmann, überreicht. Die Doktorarbeit wurde von Prof. Dr. Carl-Friedrich Bödigheimer von der Universität Bonn betreut und abschließend mit „sehr gut“ bewertet.

Gerd Faltings awarded King Faisal Prize

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Gerd Faltings, Director at the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in Bonn and Professor at the University of Bonn, was awarded the 2014 King Faisal International Prize for Science for his groundbreaking contributions to algebraic geometry and number theory. This was announced by the president of the King Faisal Foundation, Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, on 14 January 2014.

Werner Nahm erhält Max-Planck-Medaille 2013

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Werner Nahm, externes wissenschafliches Mitglied des Max-Planck-Instituts für Mathematik, wird die Max-Planck-Medaille 2013, die höchste Auszeichnung für theoretische Physik der Deutschen Physikalischen Gesellschaft, verliehen. Werner Nahm hat auf dem Gebiet der Quantenfeldtheorie herausragende Leistungen vollbracht. Grundlegend waren seine Arbeiten zur Klassifikation der Super-Lie-Algebra, die Klassifikation der magnetischen Monopol-Lösungen in Yang-Mills-Theorien, und die in diesem Zusammenhang aufgestellten, nach ihm benannten „Nahm-Gleichungen“. Nahm hat Pionierarbeit bei der Entwicklung der so genannten „heterotischen Stringtheorie“ geleistet. Diese Theorie bildet heute die Basis für die Mehrzahl der gegenwärtig diskutierten phänomenologischen Anwendungen der Superstringtheorie. Die Auszeichnung besteht aus einer Goldmedaille, die im März 2013 während der DPG-Jahrestagung in Dresden überreicht wird.

Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in Bonn Mourns Death of Friedrich Hirzebruch

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Founding director of institute passed away at age 84

Bonn, May 30, 2012. The Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in Bonn mourns the death of Professor Dr. Friedrich Hirzebruch. As it became known on Tuesday, the eminent mathematician and citizen of Bonn passed away on Sunday, May 27 at the age of 84. Professor Hirzebuch is the founding director of the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics, which he headed from 1980 to 1995. His work largely influenced the development of modern mathematics. Through his personal efforts and achievements he contributed in an essential way to the reconstruction of mathematics research in Germany after World War II.

Curtis McMullen with Humboldt Research Award at MPIM

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The renowned mathematician Curtis McMullen from Harvard University is one of the recipients of the Humbold Research Award 2011. He will use the award to spend the Fall of 2011 as sabbatical at the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in Bonn.

Yuri Manin receives Bolyai Award

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Director emeritus Prof. Yuri Manin received the János Bolyai International Award for Mathematics from the Hungarian Academy of Sciences on December 1, 2010. The prize was established in 1902 and is awarded every five years for the best mathematical monograph of the last 15 years. It consists of a cash award of US$ 25,000 and a medal.

Gerd Faltings erhält den Heinz Gumin Preis

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Der von der Carl Friedrich von Siemens Stiftung 2010 erstmals vergebene Preis ist Prof. Faltings, wie es in der Verleihungsurkunde heißt, „für seine bahnbrechenden Methoden und Ergebnisse zur arithmetischen Geometrie“ zuerkannt worden, „die die Gebiete der Zahlentheorie und Geometrie nachhaltig geprägt haben. Sein wissenschaftliches Werk hat der mathematischen Forschung in Deutschland großes internationales Ansehen verschafft.“

Bundesverdienstkreuz für Prof. Faltings und Prof. Manin

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Professor Gerd Faltings wurde am 18. Juni 2009 mit dem Verdienstkreuz 1. Klasse ausgezeichnet, Professor Yuri Manin erhielt bereits am 6. Oktober 2008 das Große Verdienstkreuz mit Stern.

Staudt-Preis 2008 für Professor Gerd Faltings

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Für seine herausragenden Leistungen auf dem Gebiet der Theoretischen Mathematik wird Professor Gerd Faltings mit dem Karl Georg Christian von Staudt-Preis 2008 ausgezeichnet.

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