Peter Scholze to receive 2015 AMS Cole Prize in Algebra

December 05, 2014

Peter Scholze, Hausdorff Professor of Mathematics at the University of Bonn, will be awarded the 2015 AMS Frank Nelson Cole Prize in Algebra at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in January in San Antonio, Texas. Scholze is honored for "his work on perfectoid spaces which has led to a solution of an important special case of the weight-monodromy conjecture of Deligne."

At 26 years of age, Scholze is already one of the world's leading mathematicians. He has made revolutionary contributions to several areas at the interface of arithmetic algebraic geometry and the theory of automorphic forms.

Born in Dresden in 1987, Scholze stood out early for his mathematical talent, winning three gold medals and one silver medal at International Mathematical Olympiads. While a graduate student, he received a prestigious five-year Clay Research Fellowship. He earned his PhD in 2012 from the University of Bonn and was immediately made a full professor there---perhaps the youngest full professor ever in Germany.

Scholze's work has garnered other honors, including the Prix Peccot of the College de France and the SASTRA Ramanujan Prize, both in 2013. The citation for the Ramanujan Prize stated that Scholze's work "has been estimated by experts to possess the quality of the timeless classics and expected to have a major impact in the progress of mathematics in the coming decades."

For information on Scholze's groundbreaking notion of perfectoid spaces, see "What is a perfectoid space?" by Bhargav Bhatt, AMS Notices, October 2014.

Presented every three years by the American Mathematical Society, the Cole Prize recognizes an outstanding research paper in algebra that has appeared in the preceding six years. The prize will be awarded at the Joint Mathematics Meetings, Sunday, January 11, 2015 at 4:25 PM, at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas.

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