Jean-Pierre Bourguignon, former director - IHES

Jean-Pierre Bourguignon, Mathematician

IHES Director 1994-2013
Emeritus professor since 2013, Nicolaas H. Kuiper Chair holder

Jean-Pierre Bourguignon holds an engineering degree from École polytechnique (year group 1966) and a PhD in mathematical sciences from University Paris 7 (1974). His field of predilection is differential geometry, particularly in its relations with partial differential equations and mathematical physics.

He has focused his work on the Ricci curvature, both for its mathematical aspects and the role it plays in general relativity.

Jean-Pierre Bourguignon was President of the Société mathématique de France (1990-1992) and of the European Mathematical Society (1995-1998). He joined the CNRS Science Ethics Committee in 1999 and was its Chairman from 2007 to 2011. He was President of the European Research Council from January 2014 to December 2019 and, since July 2020, has been its interim President.

Paul Langevin Prize, Académie des Sciences de Paris (1987)
Physical Sciences and Mathematics Prize, Comité du Rayonnement Français (1997)
Academia Europaea member (1995)
Royal Spanish Academy of Sciences member (2001)
London Mathematical Society honorary member (2005)
Honorary doctor of Keio University, Japan (2008)
Honorary doctor of Nankai University, Tianjin, China (2011)
Deutsche Mathematiker Vereinigung honorary member (2017)
Portugal Academy of Science foreign member (2017)
Honorary doctor of the University of Edinburgh, Scotland (2018)
Polish Mathematical Society honorary member (2019)


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