[ALGTOP-L] Friedrich Hirzebruch 1927 - 2012

Andrew J. Baker Andrew.J.Baker at glasgow.ac.uk
Tue May 29 11:38:53 EDT 2012

Friedrich Hirzebruch 1927 - 2012

The first president of the European Mathematical Society, Friedrich
Hirzebruch, has passed away. Fritz Hirzebruch studied mathematics at
Münster. In 1956 he became professor at Bonn where he remained until his
retirement. In 1980 he founded the Max-Planck-Institut fur Mathematik,
serving as Director until 1995. His profound contributions to
mathematics – in applications of topology to algebraic manifolds and
number theory – and to German mathematical life, were honoured by many
prizes, including that of the Wolf foundation in 1988 and the Georg
Cantor medal of the DMV in 2004. He was honorary president of the 1998
International Congress of Mathematics in Berlin.
European mathematics has lost a great scholar and the EMS has lost one
of its architects.

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