<Princeton researcher Mathematician Codá Marques named 2020 Simons Investigator>
July 13, 2020 • jainendra joshi • JOBS AND CARRER


<Since the inauguration of these awards in 2012, several Princeton researchers have

received this honor:

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andrei bernevig,steven gubser,frans pretorius,eve ostriker,anatoly spitkovsky,sanjeev

arora,moses chanker,>

Codá Marques is curious about problems within the interface between geometry and analysis. he's

employed in geometry, topology, partial differential equations and Morse theory.

Codá Marques came to Princeton as a professor in 2014, after leaving Brazil’s National Institute for Pure

and applied math (IMPA), where he had been since 2003. He had started his undergraduate education

studying engineering at Brazil’s Federal University of Alagoas in 1996, but he switched to math after two

years. He obtained a master’s degree from IMPA in 1999 and a Ph.D. from Cornell University in 2003. He

also served as a distinguished professor at the Institute for Advanced Study, just up the road in Princeton,

New Jersey, during the 2018-19 academic year .

Codá Marques cited the influence of two early mentors, Professors Manfredo do Carmo and Elon Lages

Lima at IMPA, who had both come from his own hometown of Maceio, in northeastern Brazil.“Later these

professors encouraged me to pursue my Ph.D. studies within the us , to find out geometric analysis. it

had been great advice. I visited Cornell University to review with José F. Escobar, an exquisite

mathematician and person , and a couple of years later I spent a year at Stanford University learning

from Richard Schoen. From Rick I learned a way of what's important in mathematics and refined my

mathematical taste.”

His award citation praised his recent work, together with André Neves, to develop “a full Morse theory for

the world functional in closed Riemannian manifolds. The ideas introduced by them have revitalized the

topic , resulting in the invention that closed minimal surfaces are ubiquitous in these spaces.” Neves, a

Portuguese mathematician who is now at the University of Chicago, was a member of Princeton’s math

faculty from 2005 to 2009.

The Simons Foundation names investigators annually who are outstanding scientists engaged in

mathematics, physics, astrophysics, computing , or several related fields. The designation, which comes

with $100,000 per annum for five years and is renewable for a second five-year term, is supposed to

support outstanding theoretical scientists in their early years, once they are establishing creative new

research directions, providing leadership to the sector and effectively mentoring junior scientists.