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Two Young Researchers Win Germany's von Kaven Prize

September 24, 2008

Two young German researchers will receive the von Kaven Prize in mathematics this year, which in Germany has been dubbed the "Year of Mathematics." The winners are Arthur Bartels, who works on topology at the University of Münster, and Ulrich Görtz, who works on number theory at the University of Bonn.

Bartels, 36, earned his degree in mathematics in 1997 from the University of Mainz and his doctorate from the University of California, San Diego, in 1999. His research focuses on the so-called Farrell Jones Conjecture and related problems. This conjecture is important to understanding the topology of manifolds, or generalized surfaces, some in higher-dimensional spaces.

Görtz, 35, graduated from the University of Münster in 1997 and received his doctorate from the University of Cologne in 2000. He is interested in algebraic geometric problems that originate from the Langlands program or the theory of Shimura varieties. This research also involves relationships among various areas of mathematics, especially algebraic geometry, number theory, and representation theory.

The von Kaven prize—10,000 euros—will be awarded during the annual conference of the German Mathematical Society, in Erlangen, which begins on Sept. 15. The prize is funded by the von Kaven Foundation, which was established in 2004 by mathematician Herbert von Kaven.

Source: Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, Sept. 9, 2008.

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Wednesday, September 24, 2008