Heinz Maier-Leibnitz-Preis to Georg Oberdieck

Bonn, 02.03.2020. Together with nine other distinguished scientists, our Bonn Junior Fellow Georg Oberdieck (31) received the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz-Preis, the most significant award for young scientists in Germany. The awardees were determined by a selection committee in Bonn, which was established by the Deutschen Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Society) and the Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF, Federal Ministry of Education and Research). The awarding of the distinction, which includes prize money of 20.000 Euro, will take place on the 5th May in Berlin.

Since 1977, the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz-Preis is bestowed annually on outstanding scientists who are still in the early stages of their scientific career and do not yet possess an open-ended professorship. The award serves as distinction and as an incentive to continue the young scientists' development autonomously and without deviation. Since 1980, the prize is named after the nuclear physicist and former DFG-president Heinz Maier-Leibnitz, during whose time in office (1973-1979) it was awarded for the first time.

Georg Oberdieck 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. Especially influential is his and Aaron Pixton‘s work “Gromov-Witten theory of elliptic fibrations: Jacobi forms and holomorphic anomaly equations”. In this work, the authors prove their impressive understanding of methods from different areas, which they apply expertly to their key issue.

Georg 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 as C.L.E. Moore Instructor at the MIT and is a Bonn Junior Fellow at the Hausdorff Center for Mathematics since September 2018.

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