Bo Berndtsson and Nessim Sibony have been awarded the 2017 Stefan Bergman Prize for their many fundamental contributions to several complex variables, complex potential theory, and complex geometry. Bo Berndtsson was elected to the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in 2003, he received the Edlund Prize of the Royal Academy of Science in 1987 and the Göran Gustafsson Prize in 1995.
The research area complex analysis has been something of a Swedish specialty during the 1900s. Bo Berndtsson followed a trend in the field and went more and more towards geometry. Ten years ago he found a connection between complex analysis and convexity, and the seemingly simple concept of convexity has resulted in a rich theory with many deep and surprising results.
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The Stefan Bergman Prize is awarded every one or two years in the following areas: (1) the theory of the kernel function and its applications in real and complex analysis, and (2) function-theoretic methods in the theory of partial differential equations of elliptic type with attention to Bergman’s operator method. The prize honors the memory of Stefan Bergman, best known for his research in several complex variables, as well as for the Bergman projection and the Bergman kernel function. A native of Poland, he taught at Stanford University for many years and died in 1977 at the age of 82.
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