The 27-year-old Karim Adiprasito has already achieved some major milestones. While still in secondary school, he completed most of the lectures required for a degree in mathematics so that in April 2010, after only two and one-half years at the university – including a year at IIT Bombay – he had his first degree in mathematics. A native of Aachen, Adiprasito then moved to Berlin and completed his doctorate within two and one-half years at the Methods for Discrete Structures (MDS) research training group headed by Prof. Günter M. Ziegler at Freie Universität Berlin.
"With his doctoral dissertation that culminated in a construction for exceptional 69-dimensional polyhedra, Karim Adiprasito solved a geometric problem that dates back to the 18th century," Ziegler emphasized. Adiprasito's dissertation earned a summa cum laude, the best possible grade, and also resulted in a 72-page publication in Inventiones Mathematicae, one of the best mathematics journals in the world. This was followed first by postdoctoral positions in Paris, Princeton, and Jerusalem and then "after more outstanding mathematical ideas and problem solving, the professorship in Jerusalem," says Ziegler. "I am very pleased about the prize," says Adiprasito. "It is wonderful for a young researcher to get so much recognition from his established colleagues."
The prize was set up in 2003 to recognize excellent contributions by young European researchers (not older than 35) in the fields of combinatorics, discrete mathematics, and their applications. Adiprasito received the European Prize in Combinatorics at the beginning of the European Conference on Combinatorics, Graph Theory and Applications (Eurocomb). The Eurocomb is taking place this year from August 31 through September 4 in Bergen (Norway). The conference is held every two years. The first one was in Barcelona in 2001 and in 2005, it took place in Berlin.
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