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Martin Hairer

Austrian mathematician working in the field of stochastic analysis
The basics
Occupation Mathematician
Country Austria
Date of birth Geneva, Canton of Geneva, Switzerland
Father: Ernst Hairer
Awards Fields Medal, Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award, Fröhlich Prize
Education University of Geneva
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Martin Hairer KBE FRS (born 14 November 1975 in Geneva, Switzerland) is an Austrian mathematician working in the field of stochastic analysis, in particular stochastic partial differential equations. As of 2017 he is Regius Professor of Mathematics at the University of Warwick, having previously held a position at the Courant Institute of New York University. He was awarded the Fields Medal in 2014, one of the highest honours a mathematician can achieve.


Hairer attended the College Claparede in Geneva, followed by the University of Geneva, where he obtained his PhD under the supervision of Jean-Pierre Eckmann in 2001.

Research and career

Hairer's nomination for the Royal Society reads:

Under the name HairerSoft, he develops Macintosh software.

Affiliations, lectures and appointments

  • Regius Professor of Mathematics, University of Warwick (2014)
  • Member of the scientific steering committee of ETHZ-ITS (since 2013)
  • Institut Henri Poincaré, member of scientific steering committee (since 2012)
  • Mathematical Research Institute of Oberwolfach, member of steering committee (since 2013)
  • Editor, Probability Theory and Related Fields
  • Editor, Nonlinear Differential Equations and Applications
  • Editor, Annales Henri Poincaré Ser. B
  • Editor, Electronic Journal of Probability
  • Editor, Stochastic Partial Differential Equations: Analysis and Computations
  • Visiting Professor, Université Paul Sabatier, Toulouse (December 2006 and February 2014)
  • Visiting Professor, Technical University of Berlin (July 2009)
  • Visiting Professor, École Normale Supérieure, Paris (April 2013)
  • Member, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton (March – April 2014)
  • Lipschitz Lectures, Hausdorff Center for Mathematics, University of Bonn (July 2013)
  • Minerva Lectures, Columbia University (February 2014)
  • Euler Lecture, Zuse Institute Berlin (May 2014)
  • Medallion Lecture, Institute of Mathematical Statistics (July 2014)
  • Lévy Lecture, Conference on Stochastic Processes and their Applications (July 2014)
  • Fields Medal lecture, International Congress of Mathematicians, Seoul (August 2014)
  • Collingwood Lecture, Durham University (February 2015)
  • Bernoulli Lecture, École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (May 2015)
  • Leonardo da Vinci Lecture, University of Milan (October 2015)
  • Kai-Lai Chung Lecture, Stanford University (November 2015)
  • Michalik Lecture, University of Pittsburgh (December 2015)

Awards and honours

  • Advanced Research Fellowship, EPSRC (2006–2011)
  • Editors' Choice Award, Macworld (2007)
  • Whitehead Prize, London Mathematical Society (2008)
  • Philip Leverhulme Prize, Leverhulme Trust (2008)
  • Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award (2009)
  • Leverhulme Research Leadership Award, Leverhulme Trust (2012)
  • Fermat Prize, Institut de Mathématiques de Toulouse (2013)
  • Consolidator grant, European Research Council (2014)
  • Elected Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) in 2014
  • Fröhlich Prize, London Mathematical Society (2014)
  • Fields Medal (2014)
  • Fellow of the American Mathematical Society (2015)
  • Member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (2015)
  • Member of the Academy of Sciences Leopoldina (2015)
  • Honorary Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (2016)

Personal life

Hairer is an Austrian citizen and speaks French, German and English; he married the mathematician Li Xue-mei in 2003. His father is Ernst Hairer, a mathematician at the University of Geneva.

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