Max Planck Institute for Mathematics

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Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces
Abbreviation MPIM
Formation January 1, 1992; 24 years ago (1992-01-01)
Type Scientific institute
Purpose Research in mathematics
Headquarters Bonn, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Key people
Friedrich Hirzebruch, founder
Parent organization
Max Planck Society
Website (English)

The Max Planck Institute for Mathematics (German: Max-Planck-Institut für Mathematik) is a research institute specializing in mathematics located in Bonn, Germany. It is named in honor of the German physicist Max Planck. The MPIM is one of the 80 institutes in the Max Planck Society (Max-Planck-Gesellschaft).

The Institute, having emerged from the collaborative research center (Sonderforschungsbereich) called Theoretical Mathematics (Theoretische Mathematik), was founded by Friedrich Hirzebruch in 1980 and he acted as the director of the institute until his retirement in 1995. Currently, the institute is managed by a board of four directors consisting of Werner Ballmann (managing director, succeeding Günter Harder), Gerd Faltings, Peter Teichner and Don Zagier. Friedrich Hirzebruch was, and Yuri Manin is, acting as emeriti.[1]


Being the only Max Planck institute to offer a Guest Program offering sabbatical work that lasts from weeks to several months, and hence has limited permanent staff,[2] the MPIM has no distinct departments. Rather, the institute is classified under various working areas, namely:[3]


  1. ^ Max Planck Institute for Mathematics. "About the MPIM". Retrieved April 25, 2014. 
  2. ^ Max Planck Institute for Mathematics. "About the MPIM". Retrieved April 25, 2014. 
  3. ^ Max Planck Institute for Mathematics. "Guest program". Retrieved April 25, 2014. 

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Coordinates: 50°44′4″N 7°5′54″E / 50.73444°N 7.09833°E / 50.73444; 7.09833