Peter Scholze

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Peter Scholze
Peter Scholze (cropped).jpg
Peter Scholze in 2014
Born (1987-12-11) 11 December 1987 (age 31)
Alma materUniversity of Bonn
Known forIntroduction of perfectoid spaces
AwardsPrix and Cours Peccot (2012)
SASTRA Ramanujan Prize (2013)
Clay Research Award (2014)
Cole Prize (2015)
Fermat Prize (2015)
Ostrowski Prize (2015)
EMS Prize (2016)
Leibniz Prize (2016)
Berlin-Brandenburg Academy Award (2016)
Fields Medal (2018)
Scientific career
Algebraic geometry
Number theory
InstitutionsUniversity of Bonn
Max Planck Institute for Mathematics
Academy of Sciences Leopoldina
University of California, Berkeley
Clay Mathematics Institute
ThesisPerfectoid Spaces (2011)
Doctoral advisorMichael Rapoport[1]

Peter Scholze (born 11 December 1987)[2] is a German mathematician known for his work in algebraic geometry. He has been a professor at the University of Bonn since 2012, and director at the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics since 2018. He has been called one of the leading mathematicians in the world.[3][4][5][6] He won the Fields Medal in 2018, which is regarded as the highest professional honor in mathematics.[7][8][9]

Early life and education[edit]

Scholze was born in Dresden and grew up in Berlin.[10] His father is a physicist, his mother a computer scientist, and his sister studied chemistry.[11] He attended the Heinrich-Hertz-Gymnasium [de] in Berlin-Friedrichshain, a gymnasium devoted to mathematics and science.[12] As a student, Scholze participated in the International Mathematical Olympiad, winning three gold medals and one silver medal.[13]

He studied at the University of Bonn and completed his Bachelor's degree in three semesters and his Master's degree in two further semesters.[14] He obtained his Ph.D. in 2012 under the supervision of Michael Rapoport.[1]


From July 2011 until 2016, Scholze was a Research Fellow of the Clay Mathematics Institute in New Hampshire.[15] In 2012 shortly after completing his PhD, he was made full professor at the University of Bonn, becoming the youngest full professor in Germany at the age of 24.[3][14][16][17] In Fall 2014, Scholze was appointed the Chancellor's Professor at University of California, Berkeley, where he taught a course on p-adic geometry.[18][19] In 2018, Scholze was appointed as a director of the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in Bonn.[20]


Scholze's work has concentrated on purely local aspects of arithmetic geometry such as p-adic geometry and its applications. He presented in a more compact form some of the previous fundamental theories pioneered by Gerd Faltings, Jean-Marc Fontaine and later by Kiran Kedlaya. His PhD thesis on perfectoid spaces[21] yields the solution to a special case of the weight-monodromy conjecture.[22]


In 2012, he was awarded the Prix and Cours Peccot.[23] He was awarded the 2013 SASTRA Ramanujan Prize.[24] In 2014, he received the Clay Research Award.[25] In 2015, he was awarded the Frank Nelson Cole Prize in Algebra,[26] and the Ostrowski Prize.[27][28]

He received the Fermat Prize 2015 from the Institut de Mathématiques de Toulouse.[29] In 2016, he was awarded the Leibniz Prize 2016 by the German Research Foundation.[30] He declined the $100,000 "New Horizons in Mathematics Prize" of the 2016 Breakthrough Prizes by Yuri Milner, Mark Zuckerberg and others[31] who use large cash prizes, and Hollywood style promotion "to make scientists celebrities again".[32] Scholze’s turning down of the prize received little to no media attention.[33]

He was awarded the Fields Medal in 2018,[34][35] for "transforming arithmetic algebraic geometry over p-adic fields through his introduction of perfectoid spaces, with application to Galois representations, and for the development of new cohomology theories."[36]

Personal life[edit]

Scholze is married to a fellow mathematician[37] and has a daughter.[38]


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  4. ^ "Leibniz Prize 2016: Professor Dr. Peter Scholze". Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft. Retrieved 1 August 2018.
  5. ^ Klarreich, Erica (1 August 2018). "A Master of Numbers and Shapes Who Is Rewriting Arithmetic". Quanta Magazine. Retrieved 2 August 2018.
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  7. ^ Ball, Philip (12 August 2014). "Iranian is first woman to nab highest prize in maths". Nature. doi:10.1038/nature.2014.15686. Retrieved 4 November 2018.
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  9. ^ "Fields Medal". The University of Chicago. Retrieved 29 March 2018.
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  11. ^ Centre International de Rencontres Mathématiques (29 June 2015). "Interview at CIRM: Peter Scholze". YouTube. Retrieved 23 December 2018.
  12. ^ "Mit ihm kann man rechnen". Der Tagesspiegel (in German). 3 August 2005. Retrieved 1 August 2018.
  13. ^ Dolinar, Gregor. "International Mathematical Olympiad". International Mathematical Olympiad. Retrieved 1 August 2018.
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  17. ^ Harmsen, Torsten (15 October 2012). "Hochschule: Mathematikgenie aus Berlin". Berliner Zeitung (in German). Retrieved 1 August 2018.
  18. ^ "Peter Scholze". Department of Mathematics at University of California Berkeley. Retrieved 1 August 2018.
  19. ^ Scholze, Peter; Weinstein, Jared (October 2018). "Berkeley lectures on p-adic geometry" (PDF). University of Bonn. Retrieved 4 November 2018.
  20. ^ "Peter Scholze new director at the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics". Max Planck Institute for Mathematics. 2 July 2018. Retrieved 11 July 2018.
  21. ^ Scholze, Peter (November 2012). "Perfectoid Spaces". Publications Mathématiques de l'IHÉS. 116 (1): 245–313. doi:10.1007/s10240-012-0042-x.
  22. ^ Scholze, Peter. "Perfectoid spaces: A survey" (PDF). University of Bonn. Retrieved 4 November 2018.
  23. ^ "College de France" (PDF).
  24. ^ "Peter Scholze to receive 2013 Sastra Ramanujan Prize". Shanmugha Arts, Science, Technology & Research Academy. Retrieved 1 August 2018.
  25. ^ "2014 Clay Research Awards". Clay Mathematics Institute. 14 July 2014. Retrieved 1 August 2018.
  26. ^ "Peter Scholze to Receive 2015 AMS Cole Prize in Algebra". American Mathematical Society. 4 December 2014. Retrieved 1 August 2018.
  27. ^ "The prize and the prize winners". Ostrowski Foundation. Retrieved 1 August 2018.
  28. ^ "Ostrowski Prize 2015: Peter Scholze" (PDF). Ostrowski Foundation. Retrieved 1 August 2018.
  29. ^ "Lauréats du Prix Fermat". Institut de Mathématiques de Toulouse. Retrieved 1 August 2018.
  30. ^ "Leibniz Prizes 2016: DFG Honours Ten Researchers". Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft. 10 December 2015. Retrieved 3 January 2016.
  31. ^ "2016 Breakthrough Prizes". Retrieved 15 November 2015.
  32. ^ Markoff, John (9 November 2015). "Breakthrough Prize Looks to Stars to Shine on Science". The New York Times. Retrieved 3 August 2018.
  33. ^ Woit, Peter (9 November 2015). "2016 Breakthrough Prizes". Not Even Wrong. Department of Mathematics at Columbia University. Retrieved 3 August 2018.
  34. ^ Chang, Kenneth (1 August 2018). "Fields Medals Awarded to 4 Mathematicians". The New York Times. Retrieved 1 August 2018.
  35. ^ Dambeck, Holger (1 August 2018). "Fields-Medaille: Peter Scholze bekommt weltweit höchste Auszeichnung für Mathematiker". Spiegel Online (in German). Retrieved 1 August 2018.
  36. ^ "Fields Medals 2018". International Mathematical Union. Retrieved 2 August 2018.
  37. ^ Schmundt, Hilmar (23 April 2016). "Bildung: Lieber Mathe als Rockband". Der Spiegel (in German). Retrieved 15 August 2018.
  38. ^ Klarreich, Erica (28 June 2016). "The Oracle of Arithmetic". Quanta Magazine. Retrieved 15 August 2018.

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