Mathematician, former director (1994-2013) and now Nicolaas Kuiper honorary professor at IHES, Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques, now affiliated with Université Paris-Saclay.
Most of his career he has been a fellow of the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS link). He also held a professor position at École Polytechnique from 1986 to 2012 (École polytechnique link).
Jean-Pierre Bourguignon was the President of the European Research Council from 2014-2019 and President ad interim from July 2020 until August 2021. Presently, he is Chairman of the University Council of the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München.
As a mathematician, his research has focused among other things on differential geometry, especially its relations with partial differential equations and mathematical physics. His work on the Ricci curvature from the mathematical point of view and its role in general relativity has also been a recurrent focus of his research.
Jean-Pierre Bourguignon was President of the Société mathématique de France (1990-1992) and of the European Mathematical Society (1995-1998).
He joined the CNRS Science Ethics Committee in 1999 and was its chair from 2007 to 2011. In June 2022, Jean-Pierre Bourguignon was appointed as a Foundation Fellow at the ISC, the International Science Council.