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2019 Oswald Veblen Prize in Geometry to Xiuxiong Chen, Simon Donaldson, and Song Sun

Congratulating Xiuxiong Chen, Simon Donaldson and Song Sun,






The American Mathematical Society announced today that the 2019 Oswald Veblen Prize in Geometry has been awarded to our colleagues Xiuxiong Chen, Simon Donaldson and our former colleague Song Sun for the three-part series entitled: “ Kähler-Einstein metrics and Fano manifolds I,II and III,” published in 2015 in the Journal of the AMS.

This major award recognizes their spectacular proof of the most important open problem in Kähler geometry.  To emphasize its importance, one nominator proclaimed, “This is perhaps the biggest breakthrough in differential geometry since Perelman’s work on the Poincaré conjecture.  It is certainly the biggest result in Kähler geometry since Yau’s solution of the Calabi conjecture 35 years earlier. It is already having a huge impact that will only grow with time.”

The SCGP and Mathematics Department community rejoices at this recognition, and we present our most sincere congratulations. Stony Brook has a deep history with the Oswald Veblen Prize, which attests to the high quality of the mathematics research carried out on Campus.  Previous recipients of the Prize are:  Dennis Sullivan (1971), Jim Simons (1976), Mikhail Gromov (1981) and Jeff Cheeger (2001).

Read the full formal prize announcement on the AMS website HERE

(Photo, left to right: Xiuxiong Chen, Simon Donaldson, and Song Sun. Courtesy AMS)