Gerd Faltings
Gerd Faltings  

Born 
GelsenkirchenBuer, West Germany 
28 July 1954
Nationality  German 
Fields  Mathematics 
Institutions 
Max Planck Institute for Mathematics University of Bonn Princeton University University of Wuppertal 
Alma mater  University of Münster 
Doctoral advisor  HansJoachim Nastold 
Doctoral students 

Known for  
Notable awards 
Fields Medal (1986) Guggenheim Fellowship (1988) Leibniz Prize (1996) King Faisal International Prize (2014) Shaw Prize (2015) Cantor Medal (2017) 
Website www.hcm.unibonn.de/people/profile/gerdfaltings/ 
Gerd Faltings (German: [ˈfaltɪŋs]; born 28 July 1954) is a German mathematician known for his work in arithmetic algebraic geometry.^{[2]}^{[3]}
Education
From 1972 to 1978, Faltings studied mathematics and physics at the University of Münster. In 1978 he received his PhD in mathematics.^{[3]}
Career and research
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.^{[4]} After that he was professor at Princeton University from 1985 to 1994. In the fall of 1988 and in the academic year 1992–1993 he was a visiting scholar at the Institute for Advanced Study.^{[5]}
He was awarded the Fields Medal at the ICM at Berkeley in 1986 for proving the Tate conjecture for abelian varieties over number fields, the Shafarevich conjecture for abelian varieties over number fields and the Mordell conjecture, which states that any nonsingular projective curve of genus g > 1 defined over a number field K contains only finitely many Krational points. As a Fields Medallist he gave an ICM plenary talk Recent progress in arithmetic algebraic geometry. In 1994 as an ICM invited speaker in Zurich he gave a talk MumfordStabilität in der algebraischen Geometrie. He proved an even much more general of the Mordell conjecture, the Mordell–Lang conjecture. Together with Gisbert Wüstholz, he reproved Roth's theorem, for which Roth was awarded the Fields medal in 1958.
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.
Faltings was the formal supervisor of Shinichi Mochizuki, Wieslawa Niziol, Nikolai Dourov.
Awards and honours
 Fields Medal (1986)
 Guggenheim Fellowship (1988/89) ^{[6]}
 Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize (1996)
 King Faisal International Prize (2014)
 Shaw Prize (2015) ^{[7]}
 Foreign Member of the Royal Society (2016) ^{[8]}
 Cantor Medal (2017) ^{[9]}
References
 ^ Castelvecchi, Davide (7 October 2015). "The biggest mystery in mathematics: Shinichi Mochizuki and the impenetrable proof". Nature. 526: 178–181. PMID 26450038. doi:10.1038/526178a.
 ^ O'Connor, John J.; Robertson, Edmund F., "Gerd Faltings", MacTutor History of Mathematics archive, University of St Andrews.
 ^ ^{a} ^{b} Gerd Faltings at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
 ^ 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.
 ^ Faltings, Gerd  Institute for Advanced Study
 ^ John Simon Guggenheim Foundation  Gerd Faltings
 ^ Shaw Prize 2015
 ^ Royal Society
 ^ Cantor Medal 2017
External links
 1954 births
 Living people
 People from Gelsenkirchen
 Studienstiftung alumni
 University of Münster alumni
 Princeton University faculty
 Institute for Advanced Study visiting scholars
 20thcentury German mathematicians
 21stcentury German mathematicians
 Fields Medalists
 Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize winners
 Algebraic geometers
 Number theorists
 University of Bonn faculty
 Foreign Members of the Royal Society