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Twelve outstanding European Mathematicians receive renowned prizes inBerlin
The 7th European Congress of Mathematics (7ECM), that takes place from July 18thto 22nd in Berlin under the auspices of the European Mathematical Society (EMS), isnot only the place to present and to discuss the entire spectrum of contemporarymathematics – it is also the occasion to honour outstanding mathematicians:During the opening ceremony on July, 18th, 10:00 a.m., a total of 12 prizes wereawarded by EMS president Prof. Pavel Exner (Prague, Czech Republic) together withrepresentatives of the prize committees. Each award comprises a certificate and acash prize of 5000 €.„One of the first decisions of the newborn European Mathematical Society was todistinguish every four years ten most promising young mathematicians, and it was awise decision“, says Pavel Exner. „The previous prize committees were succesfulindeed in choosing the laureates. This is clear from the fact that one of each six wassubsequently awarded the Fields Medal, of which at most four of them are awardedevery four years by the International Mathematical Union. We hope that this year’sprize committee has made an equally succesful pick.“In the following, please find a short description of the prizes and a list of thelaureates, presented with the prize citations.The Felix Klein Prize, endowed by the Fraunhofer Institute for IndustrialMathematics in Kaiserslautern, is awarded to a young scientist (normally under theage of 38) for using sophisticated methods to give an outstanding solution, whichmeets with the complete satisfaction of industry, to a concrete and difficultindustrial problem.The Prize Committee was chaired by Prof. Mario Primicerio, University of Florence.2The Otto Neugebauer Prize is awarded for a specific highly influential article or bookin the field of history of mathematics that enhances our understanding of either thedevelopment of mathematics or a particular mathematical subject in any period andin any geographical region. It is sponsored by the Springer Verlag.The Prize Committee was chaired by Prof. Jesper Lützen, University of Copenhagen.Ten EMS Prizes are awarded to young researchers not older than 35 years,of European nationality or working in Europe, in recognition of excellentcontributions in mathematics. The main supporter of the EMS Prizes is the noncommercialFoundation Composition Mathematica.Chair of the Prize Committee was Prof. Björn Engquist, Uppsala University andUniversity of Texas, Austin.Journalists are welcome to participate in the opening ceremony as well as in alllectures and other events of the 7ECM.We kindly ask for accreditation under firstname.lastname@example.orgFurther information about the laureates can be found in a brochure that we are happyto send you on request.Please do not hesitate to ask for interviews with the laureates as well as withmembers of the prize committees or any other speaker.Further information about the conference can be found on the website: www.7ecm.dePlease do follow our News Blog during the conference!This year’s Felix Klein Prize Laureate is:Patrice Hauret, *1977 in Pau (France)Tire Designer at Michelin (France)Patrice Haurets research and teaching in the field of applied mathematics have madeextremely useful contributions to industrial needs: He has advanced the modellingand simulation of tires for Michelin. And he has dealt with the interaction of solids withflows (as the air spinning of filaments), and multiscale-approaches, as required e.g. inthe simulation of filters of any kind.This year’s Otto Neugebauer Prize Laureate is:Jeremy Gray, *1947 in Newcastle upon Tyne (England)Emeritus Professor at the Open University Milton Keynes (UK)Jeremy Gray is one of the (if not the) leading historian of modern mathematics. Hishighly original, extensive and deep body of work on 19th and 20th centurymathematics has greatly advanced our knowledge about this period.3This year’s EMS Prize Laureates are:Sara Zahedi, *1981 in Teheran (Iran)Assistant Professor at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm (Sweden)“For her outstanding research regarding the development and analysis of numericalalgorithms for partial differential equations with a focus on applications to problemswith dynamically changing geometry. “Mark Braverman, *1984 in Perm (Russia)Professor at the Department of Computer Science, Princeton University (USA)“For his important contributions to several fields at the interface of mathematics andcomputer science with answers to many basic questions on the computability ofobjects that arise in dynamical systems, on computing of Riemann mappings and aremarkable solution of the Linial-Nisan conjecture.“Vincent Calvez, *1981 in Saint-Malo (France)CNRS Young Researcher, École Supérieure de Lyon (France)“For his pioneering work at the intersection between mathematics and biology withfundamental contributions to mathematical analysis and development of newmathematical models with applications in biology and biophysics. “Guido De Philippis, *1985 in Fiesole (Italy)Associate Professor, SISSA Trieste (Italy)“For his outstanding contributions to the regularity of solutions of the Monge-Ampéreequation and optimal maps and for his deep work on quantitative stability inequalitiesfor the first eigenvalue of the Laplacian and rigidity in some isoperimetric typeinequalities.“Peter Scholze, *1987 in Dresden (Germany)Hausdorff Chair, University of Bonn (Germany)“For his original and groundbreaking contributions at the interface of arithmeticalgebraic geometry and the theory of automorphic forms, for example, with his newproof of the local Langlands conjecture for p-adic local fields and his theory ofperfectoid spaces.“Péter Varjú, *1982 in Szeged (Hungary)Royal Society University Research Fellow, University of Cambridge (UK)“For his deep work on arithmetic combinatorics and its applications to spectral gapestimates and equidistribution, including a solution to a long-standing problemregarding equidistribution of random walks on the isometry group of Euclideanspaces, his contribution to the study of spectral gap on quotients of arithmeticgroups, self-similar sets and measures.“4Thomas Willwacher, 1983 in Freiburg i. Brsg. (Germany)Associate Professor for Mathematics, ETH Zurich (CH)“For his striking and important research in a variety of mathematical fields:homotopical algebra, geometry, topology and mathematical physics, including deepresults related to Kontsevich's formality theorem and the relation betweenKontsevich's graph complex and the Grothendieck-Teichmüller Lie algebra.“James Maynard, 1987 in Chelmsford (UK)Fellow at Magdalen College, Oxford (UK)“For his remarkable and deep results in number theory, mainly dealing with non-trivialaspects of the theory of primes and in particular his original and new proof andimproved estimate of the famous, so called, “small gaps between primes theorem”.“Hugo Duminil-Copin, *1985 in Chatenay-Malabry (France)Permanent Professor at the Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques (France)“For his outstanding research in statistical physics, in particular on criticalphenomena for models in dimensions below the critical one, including Fortuin-Kasteleyn percolation, Ising and Potts models, self-avoiding walks and to harmonicanalysis in disordered media.“Geordie Williamson, *1981 in Bowral (Australia)Advanced Researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics Bonn (Germany)“For his fundamental contributions to representation theory of Lie algebras andalgebraic groups, for example, with the elegant proof of Soergel’s conjecture onbimodules associated to Coxeter groups and the counterexamples to expectedbounds in Lusztig’s conjectured character for rational representations of algebraicgroups.“
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