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Georg Oberdieck - Bonn Junior Fellow at the Cluster of Excellence Hausdorff Cent

Georg Oberdieck - Bonn Junior Fellow at the Cluster of Excellence Hausdorff Center for Mathematics at the University of Bonn © Photo: private .

Georg Oberdieck from the Hausdorff Center for Mathematics at the University of Bonn receives Dubrovin Medal

Mathematician Georg Oberdieck from the Hausdorff Center for Mathematics (HCM) at the University of Bonn has received this year’s Dubrovin Medal from the renowned research institute SISSA in Italy. The medal is a special prize that recognizes exceptionally promising young researchers who have made outstanding contributions to the fields of Mathematical physics and Geometry.

Georg Oberdieck is a so-called Bonn Junior Fellow at HCM and works in a branch of algebraic geometry called enumerative algebraic geometry. In algebraic geometry, geometric objects which can be described by algebraic equations are being investigated. A basic question is, how many geometry objects of a special kind appear under certain circumstances. Such counting issues are called enumerative algebraic geometry and appear for example in theoretical physics. Georg Oberdieck solved such problems in concrete physical contexts and at the same time described these objects’ mathematical structure more precisely than ever before.

Oberdieck studied mathematics at ETH Zürich until 2011. In 2015 he received his PhD for his work "The enumerative geometry of the Hilbert schemes of points of a K3 surface", which he wrote under the supervision of Rahul Pandharipande, who is one of the leading experts in modern algebraic geometry. Afterwards he worked at the MIT in the USA before becoming a Bonn Junior Fellow at HCM and professor at the Mathematical Institute at the University of Bonn in September 2018.

The Dubrovin Medal is named in memory of Boris Anatolievich Dubrovin, who was a professor at the graduate school and research institute SISSA (Scuola Internazionale Superiore di Studi Avanzati) from 1993 to 2019. The prize is awarded every two years, supported by the Moscow Mathematical Society and two groups of the Italian Istituto Nazionale di Alta Matematica (INDAM).

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