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Marie-France Vigneras is a mathematician working on the Langlands program, one of the major themes of mathematics in the past thirty years. Initially proposed by Robert Langlands in 1967, the Langlands program relates number theory, geometry, and representation theory.
At the Radcliffe Institute, Vigneras will work on three interrelated problems in the representation theory of p-adic group in positive characteristic: the relation with the representations of quantum algebras, the relation with the representations of p-adic Galois groups, and the geometric realization of the representations.
A professor of math at the Université de Paris 7, Denis Diderot, Vigneras earned her PhD from the Université de Bordeaux in 1974. She has held many teaching positions, including head of mathematics at Ecole Normale Supérieure de Jeunes Filles in Paris from 1977 to 1983. She received the silver medal of the CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique) in 1984, an Alexander von Humboldt Foundation prize in 1985, and a National Science Foundation Visiting Professorship for Women prize in 1986 from the University of California at Berkeley.