28 July 1954 |
Gelsenkirchen-Buer, West Germany
|Institutions||Max Planck Institute for Mathematics
University of Wuppertal
|Alma mater||University of Münster|
|Doctoral advisor||Hans-Joachim Nastold|
|Doctoral students||Michael J. Larsen
|Known for||Mordell conjecture|
|Notable awards||Fields Medal (1986)
Leibniz Prize (1996)
Faltings was born in Gelsenkirchen. From 1972 to 1978, he studied mathematics and physics at the University of Münster. In 1978 he received his PhD in mathematics and in 1981 he got 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. 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.
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- Gerd Faltings at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
- O'Connor, John J.; Robertson, Edmund F., "Gerd Faltings", MacTutor History of Mathematics archive, University of St Andrews.
- Faltings' home page at the University of Bonn