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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 in 2018 in Rio de Janeiro. Most notably, Geordie Williamson, who has been Advanced Researcher at MPIM from 2011-2016, is invited as plenary speaker. Further invited speakers with ties to MPIM include:

  • Yves André (09/1985-01/1986: 11/1986-07/1987; 09/1989-12/1990)
  • Alexander Belavin (02-03/2012; 02-03/2014)
  • Men Chen (academic year 2011/12)
  • Vyacheslav Futorny (academic year 2011/12)
  • Christof Geiss (academic years 2010/11, 2017/18)
  • June Huh (08-11/2013)
  • Adrian Iovita (06/2015)
  • Jochen Koenigsmann (02-06/2007; 11/2007-02/2008)
  • Ulrich Kohlenbach (03-06/2007)
  • Wojciech Kucharz (fall 2015/16)
  • Martin Möller (Advanced Researcher 2007-2009, recurring visitor since 2010)
  • Andrei Okounkov (07/2002)
  • Rahul Pandharipande (07/2002)
  • Georgios Pappas (07-08/1999; 06/2007)
  • Dipendra Prasad (09-10/2007)
  • Feliks Przytycki (07-08/1996)
  • Sujatha Ramdorai (2003)
  • Alan Reid (06/2010, 06/2015)
  • Tadashi Tokieda (Hirzebruch lecture 2019)
  • Bernardo Uribe (multiple visits 2003, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2015, 2016)
  • Maryna Viazovska (PhD 2009-2012 with Don Zagier, 08-09/2016)
  • Anna Wienhard (PhD 2004 with Werner Ballmann)

The International Congress of Mathematicians is the largest and the most important conference in mathematics. It meets once every four years, hosted by the International Mathematical Union (IMU). The Fields Medals, the Nevanlinna Prize, the Gauss Prize, and the Chern Medal are awarded during the congress's opening ceremony. Being invited to talk at the ICM is considered to be one of the highest honors for a mathematician.

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.

The André Lichnerowicz Prize in Poisson Geometry was established in 2008. It is awarded for notable contributions to Poisson geometry, every two years at the "International Conference on Poisson Geometry in Mathematics and Physics", to researchers who completed their doctorates at most eight years before the year of the Conference. The prize is named in memory of André Lichnerowicz (1915-1998) whose work was fundamental in establishing Poisson Geometry as a branch of mathematics.

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.

And how did you get from there to dimension 24?
We did not start working on this problem with any particular dimension in mind. However, it was known for some time, from the work of Cohn and Elkies that the sphere packing problem in dimensions 8 and 24 is rather special, and the solution could follow in these dimensions from the existence of certain mysterious functions. Therefore, we were always focused on these special dimensions and the properties of those mysterious functions.

How did you solve this problem?

We have been working on it for several years already. There were phases when we were more focused on it and phases when we were less involved, but we never stopped. It was a group of three people: Maryna Viazovska (a former MPIM student), Andrii Bondarenko,and myself. We did a lot of computations over the time, but somehow didn’t make the progress we wanted. Then, last year, Maryna had the brilliant idea of not constructing the functions we actually needed, but slightly different ones using the theory of modular forms. She discovered that there is a direct relation between these two different fields. She made the real breakthrough. At first, I was skeptic and thought this couldn’t be true. But then I realized quickly that this was going to be the answer. Still, it took us more than a year of hard work until the solution was complete in dimension eight. I helped Maryna on some minor details and with some of the computer calculations, but the solution in this case is rightfully hers.

What was the next step?
Several days after Maryna had submitted her paper on the sphere packing problem in dimension eight, she called me and asked if we could now join forces with Henry Cohn, Abhinav Kumar, and Stephen D. Miller, who were also working on this problem, to solve the problem in dimension 24, which is more challenging for technical reasons. Of course I was happy to do so. We then completed the paper in one week of very intense work. At peak moments our team exchanged about ten emails every hour. We were in quite a hurry, because now that the solution in dimension eight was out there, others could have done it for dimension 24 as well.

Is this only of theoretical interest or are there some aspects of the sphere packaging problem that are related to practical issues?
It is for example related to coding theory and combinatorics. Improvements made for the sphere packing problem also stimulate new developments in those fields.  An object closely related to the solution in the 24-dimensional case, the so-called binary Golay code, was used by the NASA in the Voyager program to check if messages sent through long distances arrive correctly despite the high background noise in space.

In the end, I think that the most important result of our work is different: it is not the solution of the sphere packing problem itself, but the newly discovered connection to modular forms. This could lead to completely new developments. That’s very exciting, and we are currently trying to better understand this connection.

Is the sphere packaging problem part of your PhD project, too?
No. In my PhD, I’m working on the topic of functional equations for polylogarithms. That was a bit stressful because when the intense phase of working on the sphere packaging problem started, I was about to submit my PhD thesis. Of course, then I thought, the PhD could wait. But now I’ve submitted it, finally, and I will defend it soon.

You’re originally from the Ukraine. How did you come to Bonn?
Maryna invited me as a guest to the Max Planck Institute when she was a PhD student here herself and I was still a bachelor student. Back then I also met Don Zagier for the first time, who’s now my advisor. I was really impressed by the atmosphere here and wanted to return. It’s actually hard to find words for how nice it is. There just happens so much in mathematics in Bonn. You have really great colleagues to talk to, there are a lot of talks and events, and researchers from all over the world come to the Hausdorff Center for guest programs. That’s very inspiring. The mood here in Bonn definitely contributed significantly to my work.


The interview was conducted by Astrid Slizewski.

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.

From the prize justification of the Shaw Foundation: A polynomial equation of degree n in one variable with coefficients which are rational numbers has just n complex numbers as solutions. Such an equation has a symmetry group, its Galois group, that describes how these complex solutions are related to each other.

A polynomial equation in two variables with rational coefficients has infinitely many complex solutions, forming an algebraic curve. In most cases (that is, when the curve has genus 2 or more) only finitely many of these solutions are pairs of rational numbers. This well-known conjecture of Mordell had defied resolution for sixty years before Faltings proved it. His unexpected proof provided fundamental new tools in Arakelov and arithmetic geometry, as well as a proof of another fundamental finiteness theorem — the Shaferavich and Tate Conjecture — concerning polynomial equations in many variables. Later, developing a quite different method of Vojta, Faltings established a far-reaching higher dimensional finiteness theorem for rational solutions to systems of equations on Abelian Varieties (the Lang Conjectures). In order to study rational solutions of polynomial equations by geometry, one needs arithmetic versions of the tools of complex geometry. One such tool is Hodge theory. Faltings’ foundational contributions to Hodge theory over the p-adic numbers, as well as his introduction of other related novel and powerful techniques, are at the core of some of the recent advances connecting Galois groups (from polynomial equations in one or more variables) and the modern theory of automorphic forms (a vast generalization of the theory of periodic functions). The recent striking work of Peter Scholze concerning Galois representations is a good example of the power of these techniques.

Prof. Dr. Gerd Faltings, born in 1954, studied mathematics and physics at the University of Münster where he received his Diploma and Ph.D. in 1978. After visiting Harvard University from 1978-1979, he was Assistant at the University of Münster from 1979-1982, completing his Habilitation in 1981. Following Professorships at the University of Wuppertal from 1982-1984 and Princeton University from 1985-1994, he became director of the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in Bonn in 1995. He has already received numerous awards for his work: the Fields Medal in 1986, a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1988, the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize in 1996, the Karl Georg Christian von Staudt Prize in 2008, the Heinz Gumin Prize in 2010, and the King Faisal International Prize for Science in 2014.

The Shaw Prize honors individuals who have achieved significant breakthroughs in academic and scientific research or applications and whose work has resulted in a positive and profound impact on mankind. The prize is awarded annually in the three fields: Astronomy, Life Science and Medicine, and Mathematical Sciences,. This is the twelfth year that the Prize has been awarded and the presentation ceremony is scheduled for Thursday, 24 September 2015.

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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.


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.

Die seit 2007 existierende Auszeichnung, die mit 750 Euro dotiert ist,  ist eine Anerkennung für herausragende berufliche und schulische Leistungen und besonderes soziales Engagement während der Ausbildung; es wird außerdem ein Augenmerk auf die persönliche Entwicklung gelegt. Bis zu 20 dieser Preise vergibt das Auswahlgremium, dem vier Ausbilderinnen und Ausbilder und je ein Mitglied des Gesamtbetriebsrats sowie der Gesamt-Jugend- und Auszubildendenvertretung angehören.

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.

Der Dieter-Rampacher-Preis: Um einen Anreiz für eine frühzeitige Promotion zu geben, zeichnet die Max-Planck-Gesellschaft alljährlich ihren jüngsten Doktoranden - meist im Alter zwischen 25 und 27 Jahren - für seinen hervorragenden Promotionsabschluss mit dem Dieter-Rampacher-Preis aus. Der Preis wurde 1985 von Hermann Rampacher, Förderndes Mitglied der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, gestiftet; er dient dem Andenken an seinen 1945 im Alter von zwanzig Jahren gefallenen Bruder Dieter Rampacher, Student der Physik an der TH Stuttgart. Seit 2011 hat Carsten A. Rampacher, der Sohn des Stifters und ebenfalls Förderndes Mitglied der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, die Finanzierung des Preises übernommen.

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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.

The King Faisal International Prize is awarded to “scientists and scholars whose research results in significant advances in specific areas that benefit humanity.” It consists of a certificate, hand-written in Arabic calligraphy summarizing the laureate’s work, a commemorative 24 carat gold medal, uniquely cast for each prize, and a cash award of 750,000 Saudi riyal (150,000 Euro).

Prof. Gerd Faltings is the second director of the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics to receive the prize, after Prof. Yuri Manin in 2002.

The prize committee stated that Prof. Faltings “work combines ingenuity, vision and technical power. He has introduced stunning new tools and techniques which are now constantly used in modern mathematics. His deep insights into the p-adic cohomology of algebraic varieties have been crucial to modern developments in number theory. His work on moduli spaces of abelian varieties has had great influence on arithmetic algebraic geometry. He has introduced new geometric ideas and techniques in the theory of Diophantine approximation, leading to his proof of Lang’s conjecture on rational points of abelian varieties and to a far-reaching generalization of the subspace theorem. Professor Faltings has also made important contributions to the theory of vector bundles on algebraic curves with his proof of the Verlinde formula.”

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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.

Werner Nahm wurde 1972 in Bonn promoviert. Von dort wechselte er ans CERN, arbeitete am Max-Planck-Institut für Mathematik in Bonn und ging 1986 als Associate Professor an die University of California (UC Davis). 1989 wurde er auf einen Lehrstuhl nach Bonn berufen, folgte aber 2002 einem Ruf als „Senior Professor“ an das Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies. Nahm zeichnet sich durch ein breites wissenschaftliches Interesse aus, das von der Mitarbeit im Arbeitskreis Energie der DPG bis zur Linguistik und Altertumswissenschaft reicht.

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.

Friedrich Hirzebruch was born on October 17, 1927 in Hamm, Westphalia. From 1945 to 1950 he studied mathematics in Munster and Zurich. After two years in Princeton from 1952 to 1954 he was appointed as full Professor at the University of Bonn. His research interests were in the fields of topology and geometry.

For his manifold achievements Friedrich Hirzebruch received a number of awards and prizes. Among others, the Grand Merit Cross with Star of the Federal Republic of Germany, the Wolf Prize for Mathematics, the Seki Takakazu Prize, the Lomonossov Gold Medal, the Albert Einstein Medal, and the Georg Cantor Medal of the Deutsche Mathematikervereinigung. He held honorary doctorates from over 14 universities. He was member of a number of Academies of Science and of the Order pour le mérite.

"With Friedrich Hirzebruch, mathematics has lost one of his truly great personalites. He was a wonderful human being and an eminent researcher whose contributions have shaped the entire field", said Peter Teichner, managing director of the Max Planck Institut for Mathematics in Bonn. "Our institute, which he founded, will always remain his institute, too." 

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.

The award is given to researchers whose fundamental discoveries, new theories, or insights have had a significant impact on their own discipline and beyond and who are expected to continue producing cutting-edge academic achievements in future. It consitst of a cash prize of 60,000 euro. In addition, award winners are invited to conduct a research project of their own choosing in Germany in close collaboration with a specialist colleague.

Curtis McMullen is Professor for Mathematics at Harvard University. He works in the field of Riemann surfaces, complex dynamics, and hyperbolic geometry. His research has already earned him a number of prizes, among others the Fields Medal of 1998.

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.

The past recipients of the prize include such renowned scientists as Henri Poincaré or David Hilbert. Prof. Manin was awarded the prize for his “breakthrough results and methods” published 1999 in the book Frobenius manifolds, quantum cohomology, and moduli spaces. The monograph draws from several different fields of mathematics such as algebra, geometry or topology, to answer questions originating from theoretical physics.

For more information see: Hungarian Academy of Sciences

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.“

Der Heinz Gumin Preis für Mathematik der Carl Friedrich von Siemens Stiftung wird künftig alle drei Jahre an einen herausragenden Mathematiker verliehen, der in Deutschland, Österreich oder der Schweiz tätig ist. Der Preis trägt den Namen des Mathematikers und Informatikers Heinz Gumin (1928–2008), der über 24 Jahre, von 1984 bis 2008, Vorsitzender des Vorstands der Carl Friedrich von Siemens Stiftung war. Der Heinz Gumin Preis für Mathematik der Carl Friedrich von Siemens Stiftung ist mit Euro 50.000 der höchst dotierte Mathematikpreis in Deutschland. Er wird Gerd Faltings am 19. November 2010 im Rahmen eines Festakts im Haus der Stiftung in Nymphenburg überreicht. Die Laudatio hält der Mathematiker Michael Rapoport. Über den Namengeber des Preises spricht Friedrich Hirzebruch vom Max-Planck-Institut für Mathematik, Bonn.

Information zur Stiftung: Die Carl Friedrich von Siemens Stiftung ist eine unabhängige Einrichtung zur Förderung der Wissenschaften, die seit 1960 ein umfangreiches Wissenschaftliches Programm in ihrem Haus in Nymphenburg durchführt, Fellowships an herausragende Wissenschaftler vergibt und in den letzten Jahren Universitätsbibliotheken in Deutschland mit mehr als 16 Millionen Euro für die Beschaffung dringend benötigter wissenschaftlicher Literatur unterstützt hat. Sie ist nicht zu verwechseln mit der Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung (1972) und der Ernst von Siemens Kunststiftung (1983) oder mit der „Siemens Stiftung“, die die Siemens AG 2008 gründete. Die Carl Friedrich von Siemens Stiftung ist kein Teil der Siemens AG.

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. Professor Gerd Faltings wurde am 18. Juni 2009 mit dem Verdienstkreuz 1. Klasse ausgezeichnet. Dr. Jürgen Rüttgers, Ministerpräsident von Nordrhein-Westfalen, überreichte den Verdienstorden der Bundesrepublik Deutschland in einer Feierstunde in der Düsseldorfer Staatskanzlei.

Bereits am 6. Oktober 2008 wurde Professor Yuri Manin mit dem Großen Verdienstkreuz mit Stern geehrt. Die Auszeichnung wurde im Rahmen einer festlichen Veranstaltung im Schloß Bellevue von Bundespräsident Horst Köhler überreicht.

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.

Der seit 1991 alle drei bis vier Jahre verliehene und mit 25.000 Euro dotierte Preis der Otto und Edith Haupt-Stiftung an der Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg wird in diesem Jahr zum sechsten Mal vergeben. Professor Faltings ist nach Professor Don Zagier (2001) und Professor Günter Harder (2004) bereits der dritte Direktor des Max-Planck-Instituts für Mathematik, der diese Auszeichnung erhält. Die feierliche Verleihung des Staudt-Preises an Professor Faltings findet am 17. September 2008 in Erlangen statt.

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