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## Gerd Faltings in den Orden pour le mérite aufgenommen

Gerd Faltings, Emeritus Direktor des Max-Planck-Instituts für Mathematik in Bonn, wurde zum Mitglied des Orden pour le mérite gewählt, wie am 11.9.2024 durch das Bundespresseamt bekannt gegeben wurde. Dem Orden gehören somit 34 deutsche und 37 ausländische Mitglieder, darunter 17 Nobelpreisträgerinnen und -träger, an. Zu Mitgliedern des Ordens zählten mit Friedrich Hirzebruch und Yuri Manin bereits zwei weitere Direktoren des Max-Planck-Instituts für Mathematik.

Die Zuwahl in den Orden Pour le mérite zählt zu den höchsten Ehrungen, die Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftlern, Künstlerinnen und Künstlern in Deutschland zuteilwerden kann. Die Künstler- und Gelehrtenvereinigung wurde 1842 von Preußenkönig Friedrich Wilhelm IV. gegründet und 1952 von Bundespräsident Theodor Heuss wiederbelebt. Erster Kanzler des Ordens war der Naturforscher Alexander von Humboldt.

Der Orden Pour le mérite steht unter dem Protektorat des Bundespräsidenten. Finanziert und organisatorisch betreut wird er von der Staatsministerin für Kultur und Medien.

## Geordie Williamson receives the Max Planck-Humboldt Research Award 2024

Artificial intelligence and computer science are driving developments in many areas of society – including in scientific research. This has prompted the Max Planck Society and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation to honour outstanding achievements in the use of algorithms in mathematics, microscopy and climate research in 2024: The Max Planck-Humboldt Research Award, endowed with 1.5 million euros, goes to Geordie Williamson, who was Advanced Researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics from 2011-2016, and is now Professor at the University of Sydney. Williamson uses artificial intelligence (AI) for his fundamental work in mathematics.

## MPIM mourns death of Tobias Kreutz

The Max Planck Institute for Mathematics mourns the death of its postdoctoral fellow

**Tobias Kreutz** ( * 04.08.1996 - † 08.08.2024).

He completed his PhD in 2022 at the Humboldt University Berlin under the guidance of Bruno Klingler and Laurent Fargues. Since then he has been a visitor at the institute. Tobias has been working at the interface of complex and $p$-adic Hodge theory, with particular focus on the transcendental periods arising in both settings. In his last paper, he has proposed obstructions to complex Hodge structures being of geometric origin. He was a cherished member of our community and will be greatly missed by his friends and colleagues.

## Breakthrough in the Geometric Langlands program

Proposed by Robert Langlands in the 1960s, the eponymous program is one of the largest projects in modern mathematic and it consists of different branches. Over the years, the MPIM has gained a reputation as one of the hubs for the Langlands program. We are proud that MPIM Director Dennis Gaitsgory led a nine-person team of mathematicians that settles the geometric Langlands conjecture. The proof is the culmination of a research program that spanned three decades. You can read the full story in a recent article in Quantamagazine.

## Maryna Viazovska External Member of the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics

Maryna Viazovska, full professor and Chair of Number Theory at the Institute of Mathematics of the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, has joined the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics as external scientific member. She was PhD student of Don Zagier from 2008-2012 and obtained her doctoral degree from the University of Bonn. Since then, she has returned to the institute regularly as a visitor and speaker. We are happy that Maryna will now play an even more active role in the research community and the development of the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics.

## Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in Bonn Mourns Death of Yuri Manin

**Emeritus director of institute passed away at age 85**

*Bonn, January 8, 2023.* The Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in Bonn mourns the death of Professor Yuri Ivanovich Manin. The eminent mathematician passed away on Saturday, January 7, at the age of 85. Yuri Manin was a scientific member and director of the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics from 1992 to 2005, after which he remained an extremely active emeritus director. His work largely influenced the development of modern mathematics. With Yuri Manin, mathematics has lost one of his truly great personalities. He was a wonderful human being and a renowned researcher whose contributions have shaped the entire field. Our institute will always remain his institute, too.

## 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.

## Pius XI Medal Awarded to Peter Scholze

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 Maryna Viazovska. Former doctoral student of the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics receives highest distinction in mathematics

**The Fields Medal is considered the Nobel Prize of mathematics. This year the International Mathematical Union chose to award it to Maryna Viazovska, who wrote her doctoral thesis at the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics with Don Zagier and received her PhD from the University of Bonn in 2013. The Ukranian mathematician is second woman to ever receive this prize.**

## Peter Scholze Elected Foreign Member of the Royal Society

Peter Scholze, director at the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics and professor at the University of Bonn, was elected Foreign Member of the Royal Society.

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