January 16, 2024

Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe (Kavli IPMU, WPI)

Stony Brook University Professor and Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe (Kavli IPMU, WPI) Visiting Senior Scientist Christian Schnell has been named a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society (AMS) for 2024, it was announced in December 2023 by the Society.

The AMS Fellows program recognizes members who have made outstanding contributions to the creation, exposition, advancement, communication, and utilization of mathematics. Fellows are recognized by their peers for their contributions to the profession.

Schnell joined Kavli IPMU as a Project Researcher from 2011 to 2012, before joining the Department of Mathematics at Stony Brook University. Currently a Visiting Senior Scientist at Kavli IPMU, Schnell studies the geometry and topology of complex algebraic varieties, focusing on Hodge theory and on application of mixed Hodge modules in algebraic geometry.

"It's a great honor being elected a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society. I am especially grateful to my colleague Rob Lazarsfeld for his continuing advice and his support. Before I went to Stony Brook University, I spent one year as a postdoc at IPMU -- back then, it was just called IPMU -- and this was, in many ways, one of the best years of my life. There were lots of interesting people, a fantastic staff, and most importantly, plenty of time to think about mathematical research. In fact, two of my favorite papers are based on work that I did back then," said Schnell.

The responsibilities of Fellows are to take part in the election of new Fellows, to present a public face of excellence in mathematics, and to advise the President and the Council on public matters when requested.

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