Michael J. Hopkins, Harvard University, is the recipient of the 2014 Frederic Esser Nemmers Prize in Mathematics, which carries with it a $200,000 stipend. He is being recognized for his fundamental contributions to algebraic topology, stable homotopy theory and derived algebraic geometry. (Photo: Harvard University) Northwestern Provost Daniel Linzer said, "It is an extraordinary privilege to recognize Michael with the Nemmers Prize for his significant contributions to the mathematics field, including creating new areas of study."
Working with Michael Hill and Douglas Ravenel, Hopkins recently solved the longstanding Kervaire invariant problem, a problem which his PhD advisor, Mark Mahowald, also worked on. Hopkins is the recipient of numerous honors, including the National Academy of Sciences Award in Mathematics in 2012 and the Society’s Oswald Veblen Prize in Geometry in 2001. He received his bachelor’s degree and PhD from Northwestern and is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a foreign member of the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters.
The Nemmers Prizes are awarded every other year and are made possible through bequests from the late Erwin Esser Nemmers, a former member of the Northwestern University faculty, and his brother, the late Frederic E. Nemmers.
