Cantor Medal 2019 for Hélène Esnault + Von Kaven Ehrenpreis for Nicolas Perkowski

The MATH+ members Hélène Esnault and Nicolas Perkowski were honored with prestigious prizes at the annual meeting of the German Association of Mathematicians (DMV) at the end of September. Hélène Esnault, Professor of Arithmetic Geometry at FU Berlin, received the Cantor Medal 2019. Nicolas Perkowski, who startes a professorship at FU Berlin on October 01, 2019, was awarded for his achievements in probability theory with the Von Kaven Ehrenpreis of the DFG.


The Cantor Medal is the most prestigious scientific award of the DMV and is awarded at most every two years, associated with a prize money of 4.000 Euro. The committee stated: “Hélène Esnault is one of the world’s most prominent personalities in mathematics. She has achieved deeply impressive results in algebraic geometry and, related to this, topology and number theory. Her results have impact on other scientific areas like physics.”


Esnault was born in Paris and has dual French-German citizenship. She got her PhD in 1976 from the University of Paris VII and did her habilitation at the University of Bonn in 1985. After holding positions at Paris VII, MPI Bonn and the University of Duisburg-Essen, Esnault joined the FU Berlin in 2012 as its first Einstein Professor, being head of the algebra and number theory research group. Her awards and honors include the Paul Doisteau-Emile Blutet Prize (2001), the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize jointly with Eckart Viehweg (2003), two honorary doctorates, and full membership of four science academies. Esnault was also an invited speaker at the 2002 ICM in Beijing and the 2012 ECM in Krakow, and a member of the 2018 Fields Medals Committee of the International Mathematical Union (IMU).


The Von Kaven Ehrenpreis is a special award for junior scientists in the Heisenberg program and endowed with 10.000 Euro. Nicolas Perkowski studied mathematics and physics at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (HU), where he received his doctorate in 2013. He spent time in research in Vienna, Paris and Warwick. Since 2015, Perkowski has been a junior professor of stochastic analysis at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Since 2018 he has also been working at the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Natural Sciences in Leipzig, funded by the Heisenberg Program of the DFG. In early 2019 he was awarded the Heinz Maier Leibnitz Prize of the DFG.


In his research, Nicolas Perkowski deals with singular stochastic partial differential equations, questions of applied stochastic analysis and robust methods in the field of financial mathematics. He is an alumnus of the Berlin Mathematical School (BMS) and heads the MATH+ projects AA1-3 and AA4-1 together with colleagues.


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Press Release DMV Cantor Medal

Press Release DFG Von Kaven Ehrenpreis