Jean-Pierre Bourguignon, former director - IHES
portrait Jean-Pierre Bourguignon, ancien directeur de l'IHES

Jean-Pierre Bourguignon, Mathematician

IHES Director 1994-2013
Nicolaas Kuiper honorary professor at IHES since 2013

Jean-Pierre Bourguignon holds an engineering degree from École Polytechnique (year group 1966) and a Ph.D. 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.

Jean-Pierre Bourguignon 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 (ERC) from January 2014 to December 2019, then was its interim President from July 2020 to August 2021. In October 2021, he was elected Chairman of the University Council of Ludwig Maximilian Universität Munich.

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)
Foundation Fellow of the International Science Council (2022)
Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star, Japan (2022)


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