Faculty Member Wins Prestigious André Lichnerowicz Prize

Congratulations go to Professor Marco Gualtieri.  He, along with Xiang Tang, an assistant professor at Washington University in Saint Louis, were awarded this year’s prestigious André Lichnerowicz prize.  The prize was awarded at a ceremony on July 26, 2010 at the IMPA in Rio de Janeiro.

From the ceremony:  ”the André Lichnerowicz prize was established in 2008 to be awarded for notable contributions to Poisson geometry. The prize is to be awarded every two years at the “International Conference on Poisson Geometry in Mathematics and Physics” to researchers who had completed their doctorates at most eight years before the year of the Conference.

The prize was named in memory of André Lichnerowicz (1915-1998) whose work was fundamental in establishing Poisson geometry as a branch of mathematics. In 2010, it was awarded by a jury composed of the members of the scientific and advisory committees of the biennial Poisson Conference.

Professor Marco Gualtieri received his doctorate at Oxford University in 2004 under the direction of Nigel Hitchin. After holding post-doctoral positions at MSRI, Berkeley, at the Fields Institute in Toronto and at MIT, he joined the Department of Mathematics at the University of Toronto, where he is an assistant professor. His pioneering work on generalized geometry has been the source of inspiration for many related studies. Already in his Ph. D. thesis he developed the basic structure theory of generalized complex geometry as well as of generalized Kahler geometry. Since then he has been studying generalized geometry and its applications to physics independently and in collaboration with Gil Cavalcanti, Henrique Bursztyn and Vestislav Apostolov. More recently, he has studied D-branes in generalized complex manifolds and their relation to noncommutative geometry, as well as further generalizations of classical geometries.”

Our sincere congratulations go to Professor Gualtieri on this well deserved achievement!