## 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.

## 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.

## 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.**

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

**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

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

**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.

## Pavel Mnev awarded 2016 André Lichnerowicz Prize in Poisson Geometry

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

**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

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

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.

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