Rune Haugseng first recipient of the Viggo Brun Prize – University of Copenhagen

24 September 2018

Rune Haugseng first recipient of the Viggo Brun Prize


Rune Haugseng, who has been a postdoc at the Department of Mathematical Sciences since 2015, is the first recipient of the Norwegian Mathematical Association's Viggo Brun Prize. The prize will be awarded to younger Norwegian mathematicians for outstanding research in mathematics.

Rune is currently on his way to IBS Center for Geometry and Physics (Pohang, South Korea). In the spring he starts as a lecturer at NTNU in Trondheim.

Rune has a bachelor and master's degree from Cambridge University and a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2013, where he had Haynes Miller as a supervisor. He was employed as a postdoc at the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in Bonn before joining the University of Copenhagen.

Higher categories

Rune received the award for his fundamental contributions to the theory of higher categories, with applications to quantum field theory, representation theory, algebraic geometry, and geometric topology, and for the development of higher Morita theory and enriched ∞-categories. Or, as the Prize Committee says:

"Haugseng is an outstanding young mathematician who combines his profound insight with brute mathematical force within an active and highly competitive field."

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The Viggo Brun Prize

The prize has been established by the Norwegian Mathematical Society to be a recognition for scientific contributions at a high international level.

The Viggo Brun Prize is awarded every second year. The inaugural award was made in connection with the centenary of the Norwegian Mathematical Society and was presented at a national meeting of mathematicians in Bergen 13-14 September 2018. Rune Haugseng received a diploma and 50.000 Norwegian kroner.

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