In the 3rd issue of our Newsletter we reported about remarkable research done by the mathematician Maryna Viazovska (Berlin Mathematical School and Humboldt University in Berlin). Last July Maryna gave an insightful lecture entitled “What are multiple dimensions, why it is important to tightly pack spheres, and the Kepler’s problem from the year 1611” at the lecture series “Science first hand” of the Berlin-Brandenburg regional group of our society. Now we are very excited to report on the award of the Salem Prize 2016 to Dr Viazovska “for her breakthrough work on densest sphere packings in dimensions 8 and 24 using methods of modular forms”.
The prize, in memory of Raphael Salem, is awarded yearly by the French Mathematical Society/ Société Mathématique de France (SMF) to young researchers for outstanding contributions to the field of analysis.
Maryna graduated Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv and earned her Ph.D. from the Institute of Mathematics of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine in 2010 as well as a doctorate from the University of Bonn in 2013.