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Gerd Faltings

Gerd Faltings
Born (1954-07-28) 28 July 1954 (age 61)
Gelsenkirchen-Buer, West Germany
Nationality German
Fields Mathematics
Institutions Max Planck Institute for Mathematics
University of Bonn
Princeton University
University of Wuppertal
Alma mater University of Münster
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Doctoral students Michael J. Larsen
Shinichi Mochizuki
Known for Mordell conjecture
Notable awards Fields Medal (1986) Guggenheim Fellowship (1988)
Leibniz Prize (1996)
King Faisal International Prize (2014)
Shaw Prize (2015)

Gerd Faltings (Template:IPA-de; born 28 July 1954) is a German mathematician known for his work in arithmetic algebraic geometry.


From 1972 to 1978, Faltings studied mathematics and physics at the University of Münster. In 1978 he received his PhD in mathematics and in 1981 he obtained the venia legendi (Habilitation) in mathematics, both from the University of Münster. During this time he was an assistant professor at the University of Münster. From 1982 to 1984, he was professor at the University of Wuppertal.[1] After that he was professor at Princeton University from 1985 to 1994.

He was awarded the Fields Medal in 1986 for proving the Mordell conjecture, which states that any non-singular projective curve of genus g > 1 defined over a number field K contains only finitely many K-rational points.

Since 1994 he has been a director of the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in Bonn. In 1996, he received the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, which is the highest honour awarded in German research.


See also


  1. ^ Kirbach, Roland (8 June 1984). "Gerd Faltings: Genie ist für ihn normal" [Gerd Faltings: For him, genius is the norm]. Die Zeit (in German). Retrieved 14 May 2013. 

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