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Ana Caraiani Awarded Max Planck Fellowship

Ana Caraiani, who holds the Hausdorff Chair at the University of Bonn, is newly appointed Max Planck Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics. The Max Planck Fellowship is a prestigeous honor bestowed on outstanding university professors by the Max Planck Society for a limited term of 5 years. The fellows receive funds to build up a small research group at the host institute. The goal is to promote cooperation between university faculty and Max Planck Society researchers.

Ana Caraiani works at the interface between the Langlands program and arithmetic geometry. In recent years, she has co-authored many of her papers with Peter Scholze who is very happy about his new colleague in Bonn: "With Ana Caraiani, a world-leading scientist in arithmetic geometry comes to Bonn. We have already worked together a lot in the past, on questions in the Langlands program and especially on the cohomology of Shimura varieties. I'm very much looking forward to continuing this work, and especially to organizing seminars and other events together," says Peter Scholze.

Ana Caraiani was born in Bucharest in 1985. She won a silver medal and two gold medals for the Rumanian Team in the International Math Olympiad. After graduating high school in 2003, she studied at Princeton University, where she graduated summa cum laude in 2007, with an undergraduate thesis on Galois representations supervised by Andrew Wiles. She did her graduate studies at Harvard University under the supervision of Wiles' student Richard Taylor, earning her Ph.D. in 2012 with a dissertation concerning local-global compatibility in the Langlands correspondence. After spending a year at the University of Chicago, she returned to Princeton and the Institute for Advanced Study as a postdoc. In 2016, she moved to the Hausdorff Center for Mathematics as a Bonn Junior Fellow. She moved to Imperial College London in 2017 as a Royal Society University Research Fellow and Senior Lecturer. In 2019, she became a Royal Society University Research Fellow and Reader at Imperial College London. In 2021, Caraiani became a full professor at Imperial College London before moving to her position as Hausdorff Chair in Bonn in the fall of 2022. In 2018, she was one of the winners of the Whitehead Prize of the London Mathematical Society. In 2020, she was elected as a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society and was one of the 2020 winners of the EMS Prize. Recently, she was awarded one of the New Horizon Prizes in Mathematics of 2023.

A recent interview with Ana Caraiani can be found in Quantamagazine.

Photo credit: Barbara Frommann/Uni Bonn; HCM

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