Stefan Bergman Prize

Photo by Paul Halmos.

The Bergman Prize honors the memory of Stefan Bergman, best known for his research in several complex variables, as well as the Bergman projection and the Bergman kernel function that bear his name. Awards are made every year or two in: 1) the theory of the kernel function and its applications in real and complex analysis; or 2) function-theoretic methods in the theory of partial differential equations of elliptic type with attention to Bergman's operator method.

About this Prize

A native of Poland, Bergman (pictured) taught at Stanford University for many years and died in 1977 at the age of 82. He was an AMS member for 35 years. When his wife died, the terms of her will stipulated that funds should go toward a special prize in her husband's honor. The AMS was asked by the Wells Fargo Bank of California, the managers of the Bergman Trust, to assemble a committee to select recipients of the prize. In addition the Society assisted Wells Fargo in interpreting the terms of the will to assure sufficient breadth in the mathematical areas in which the prize may be given.

The amount of the prize varies. The income distributed to the beneficiary may be used only for the purpose of financially aiding that person, including the cost of living, in pursuing the above described program of mathematics study and the award shall be made upon those restrictions.

Most Recent Prize: 2020

Aline Bonami of Université d'Orléans and Peter Ebenfelt of the University of California, San Diego, have been awarded the 2020 Bergman Prizes.

Aline Bonami receives the Bergman Prize for her highly influential contributions to several complex variables and analytic spaces. She is being especially recognized for her fundamental work on the Bergman and Szegö projections and their corresponding spaces of holomorphic functions. Bonami's work has had long-lasting impact on the theory of several complex variables, operator theory, and harmonic analysis, and it continues to be a strong influence on present-day research in all these fields.

Peter Ebenfelt is awarded the Bergman Prize for his many important contributions to several complex variables, CR geometry, and partial differential equations. He is being recognized for his foundational and innovative results on mappings in CR geometry, his study of rigidity problems, and new insights into the Bergman kernel function. Ebenfelt's pioneering work has had deep influences on the theory of several complex variables, CR geometry, and geometric analysis and serves as an inspiration for a generation of junior mathematicians.

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Next Prize:  2022

Nomination Procedure: 

Submit a letter of nomination describing the candidate's accomplishments, complete bibliographic citations for the work being nominated, and a brief citation that explains why the work is important.

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