# Mathematical Research Institute of Oberwolfach

The **Mathematical Research Institute of Oberwolfach** (German: *Mathematisches Forschungsinstitut Oberwolfach*) in Oberwolfach, Germany, was founded by mathematician Wilhelm Süss in 1944.

It organizes weekly workshops on diverse topics where mathematicians and scientists from all over the world come to do collaborative research.

The Institute is a member of the Leibniz Association, funded mainly by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research and by the state of Baden-Württemberg. It also receives substantial funding from the *Friends of Oberwolfach* foundation, from the *Oberwolfach Foundation* and from numerous donors.

## History Timeline

**1944**: September 1 : Foundation of the MFO, located in the old castle

**1959**: June 17 : Foundation of the Gesellschaft für Mathematische Forschung e.V., the mathematical society running the MFO

**1967**: October 10 : Inauguration of the guest house of the MFO, a gift of the Volkswagen-Stiftung

**1975**: June 13 : Inauguration of the library and meetings building of the MFO which replaced the old castle, also a gift of the Volkswagen-Stiftung

**1989**: May 26 : Inauguration of the extension of the guest building

**1995**: Establishment of the research programme "Research in Pairs"

**2005**: January 1 : The MFO becomes a member of the Leibniz-Gemeinschaft

**2007**: Establishment of the post-doctoral programme "Oberwolfach Leibniz Fellows"

**2007**: May 5 : Inauguration of the library extension, a gift of the Klaus Tschira Stiftung and the VolkswagenStiftung

**2005 - 2010**: General restoration of the guest house and the library building

## Statue

The iconic model of the Boy surface was installed in front of the Institute, as a gift from Mercedes-Benz on January 28, 1991.

The Boy Surface is named after Werner Boy who constructed the surface in his 1901 thesis, written under the direction of David Hilbert.

## Directors

- 1944–1958, Wilhelm Süss
- 1958–1959, Hellmuth Kneser
- 1959–1963, Theodor Schneider
- 1963–1994, Martin Barner
- 1994–2002, Matthias Kreck
- 2002–2013, Gert-Martin Greuel
- 2013–present Gerhard Huisken

## Oberwolfach Prize

The **Oberwolfach Prize** is awarded approximately every three years for excellent achievements in changing fields of mathematics to young European mathematicians not older than 35 years. It is financed by the Oberwolfach Foundation and awarded in cooperation with the institute.

- Prize winners

- 1991 Peter Kronheimer
- 1993 Jörg Brüdern and Jens Franke
- 1996 Gero Friesecke and Stefan Sauter
- 1998 Alice Guionnet
- 2000 Luca Trevisan
- 2003 Paul Biran
- 2007 Ngô Bảo Châu
- 2010 Nicola Gigli and László Székelyhidi
- 2013 Hugo Duminil-Copin

## External links

- Home page of the institute
- Article about the institute by Allyn Jackson in the American Mathematical Society magazine
- Web page about the Oberwolfach Prize

Coordinates: 48°20′44″N 8°14′07″E / 48.34556°N 8.23528°E