A former math student, William R. Hearst III has supported the IHES since the early 2000’s. This new gift will endow the first Chair reserved to an Associate Professor in Mathematics.
Nokia Bell Labs has become a major donor to Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques. This partnership for excellence in the field of mathematics will promote interactions between the two communities. It illustrates Nokia’s commitment to supporting academic research and its wish to make stronger connections between academic and applied research.
IHES congratulates the LIGO/Virgo project team which announced, on October 16th, the first observation of a gravitational wave signal from the merging of a system of two neutron stars. The detection was jointly made on August 17th by the two LIGO interferometers, located in the US, and by Virgo, a third Franco-Italian interferometer that joined the network on August 1st. This was the strongest, closest and most precisely localized gravitational wave signal detected so far and it was accompanied by electromagnetic signals in all wavelengths. It is the first time that such an event is seen both in gravitational and electromagnetic waves, thus marking the start of multi-messenger astronomy.
Thibault Damour receives the 2017 CNRS Gold Medal for his key contributions to the discovery of gravitational waves.
A permanent professor at the IHES since 2016, Hugo Duminil-Copin just received the Loève Prize (Berkeley, USA) and the Grand Prix Jacques Herbrand from the French Academy of Sciences. The European Research Council also awarded him a prestigious ERC Starting Grant.
The recognition, awarded by the Breakthrough Prize Foundation, celebrates mathematicians who have obtained important results since the beginning of their careers. The winners were announced last December 4th, on the occasion of the award ceremony.
BNP Parisbas announces a 1 M€ gift to IHES and is the first to contribute to the Director’s Chair.
The Selection Committee of the Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics today announced a Special Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics recognizing scientists and engineers contributing to the momentous detection of gravitational waves – a detection announced on February 11, 2016.
The work of Permanent Professor Damour is awarded twice: he is elected Foreign Honorary Member to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences for 2016 and awarded the 2016 Lodewijk Woltjer Lecture by European Astronomical Society.
The Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques (IHES) salutes the first observation of gravitational waves emitted by a black hole binary system by the two US LIGO interferometers from the LIGO/Virgo international network. The Institute is very much looking forward to the extraordinary progress that gravitational wave astronomy, following these observations, will make. It hopes to contribute to analysing the data it provides on the cosmos, black hole physics and more generally, on the new Universe invented by Einstein a century ago.
IHES confirmed receipt of an unrestricted grant to the upcoming Capital Campaign of €7.5 million. The €7.5 million pledge is the largest gift ever received at the Institute.
Combining an analytical approach with numerical methods, an international team of physicists has obtained an accurate theoretical description of the gravitational waves emitted during the last orbits of a binary system made of two neutron stars. This new result could have a significant astronomical impact in allowing the detectors LIGO and Virgo to observe these waves in the next few years.