Carolina Araujo (mathematician)

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Carolina Araujo
Araujo at the ICM 2018
Carolina Bhering de Araujo

Rio de Janeiro
Alma materPontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (BSc)
Princeton University (PhD)
Known forAlgebraic geometry
Scientific career
InstitutionsInstituto Nacional de Matemática Pura e Aplicada
ThesisThe Variety of Tangents to Rational Curves (2004)
Doctoral advisorJános Kollár

Carolina Bhering de Araujo is a Brazilian mathematician specializing in algebraic geometry, including birational geometry, Fano varieties, and foliations.[1][2][3][4][5]

Education and career[edit]

Araujo was born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.[6] She did her undergraduate studies in Brazil, completing a degree in mathematics in 1998 from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro.[2] She earned her PhD in 2004 at Princeton University, where her dissertation, supervised by János Kollár, was titled The Variety of Tangents to Rational Curves.[3][4][6]

She is currently a researcher at the Instituto Nacional de Matemática Pura e Aplicada in Brazil (IMPA), and the only woman (as of 2018) on the permanent research staff at IMPA.[1] She is also a Simons Associate at the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP). She is the vice-president of the Committee for Women in Mathematics at the International Mathematical Union.[6]

During and after her PhD, Araujo developed techniques related to Japanese mathematician Shigefumi Mori's proposed theory of rational curves of minimal degree, which she published in 2008.[6][A]


Araujo won the L'Oreal Award for Women in Science in Brazil in 2008.[5][7]

Araujo was both an organizer and an invited speaker at the 2018 International Congress of Mathematicians.[3][6] She led the inaugural World Meeting for Women in Mathematics (WM)2 in August 2018.[6] She was also one of the female mathematicians profiled in the short documentary called Journeys of Women in Mathematics, funded by the Simons Foundation.[1][6][8]

Araujo was awarded the 2020 Ramanujan Prize from the International Centre for Theoretical Physics.[9]

She is included in a deck of playing cards featuring notable women mathematicians published by the Association of Women in Mathematics.[10]

Selected bibliography[edit]

Araujo, Carolina; Druel, Stéphane; Kovács, Sándor J. (2008), "Cohomological characterizations of projective spaces and hyperquadrics", Inventiones Mathematicae, 174 (2): 233–253, arXiv:0707.4310, doi:10.1007/s00222-008-0130-1
Araujo, Carolina; Corrêa, Maurício (2013), "On degeneracy schemes of maps of vector bundles and applications to holomorphic foliations", Mathematische Zeitschrift, 276 (1–2): 505–515, arXiv:1207.5009, doi:10.1007/s00209-013-1210-5
Araujo, Carolina; Massarenti, Alex (2016), "Explicit log Fano structures on blow-ups of projective spaces", Proceedings of the London Mathematical Society, 113 (4): 445–473, arXiv:1505.02460, doi:10.1112/plms/pdw034
Araujo, Carolina; Casagrande, Cinzia (2017), "On the Fano variety of linear spaces contained in two odd-dimensional quadrics", Geometry & Topology, 21 (5): 3009–3045, arXiv:1602.02372, doi:10.2140/gt.2017.21.3009, ISSN 1364-0380
Araujo, Carolina; Corrêa, Mauricio; Massarenti, Alex (2018), "Codimension one Fano distributions on Fano manifolds", Communications in Contemporary Mathematics, 20 (5): 1750058, arXiv:1702.04751, doi:10.1142/s0219199717500584


  1. ^ a b c Lamb, Evelyn (22 December 2018), "Women Mathematicians in Their Own Words", Scientific American, retrieved 2019-01-27
  2. ^ a b "Carolina Bhering de Araujo", Escavador (in Portuguese), retrieved 2020-10-20
  3. ^ a b c Carolina Araujo, European Women in Maths, archived from the original on 2018-07-16, retrieved 2018-07-15
  4. ^ a b Carolina Araujo at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  5. ^ a b "Mulheres protagonizam atividade do 'Matemática na Urca'", Comunicacao UNIRIO (in Portuguese), 20 October 2016
  6. ^ a b c d e f g Roberts, Siobhan (22 January 2019), "Carolina Araujo is building a network of women in mathematics", Quanta Magazine, retrieved 2019-01-27
  7. ^ Prêmio Para Mulheres na Ciência L'Oréal-UNESCO-ABC abre inscrições (in Portuguese), Brazilian Mathematical Society, 14 March 2016, retrieved 2018-07-15
  8. ^ World Women in Mathematics, Journeys of Women in Mathematics (full length version), retrieved 2019-01-27
  9. ^ Prize Announcement, Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics, 21 September 2020, retrieved 2020-09-22
  10. ^ "Mathematicians of EvenQuads Deck 1". Retrieved 2022-06-18.

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