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Günter M. Ziegler Becomes Honorary Professor at Faculty II


Faculty II is proud to announce that Günter M. Ziegler was made Honorary Professor at Faculty II of TU Berlin yesterday. We congratulate him whole-heatedly and look forward to many joint projects!

Günter M. Ziegler got his Ph.D. from M.I.T. with Anders Björner in 1987. He arrived in Berlin in 1992 to work at ZIB Berlin and in 1995 became a Professor of Mathematics at TU Berlin. In 2012 he accepted an offer from FU Berlin, where he currently is a "MATHEON Professor". His research focuses on Discrete Geometry (especially polytopes), as well as on questions in Algebraic Topology motivated by combinatorial and geometric problems. His honours include a Leibniz Prize (2001) of the German Research Foundation and the Chauvenet Prize (2004) of the Mathematical Association of America. In 2010 he was awarded an ERC Advanced Grant.

Ziegler has been a member of the DFG Research Center MATHEON - Mathematics for Key Technologies since its start in 2002. For 2006-2008 he was the President of the German Mathematical Society (DMV), where he still serves in the Board of Directors. From 2006-2007 he was the founding chair of Berlin Mathematical School (BMS), a duty he took over again in 2016. Furthermore, he is a member of the executive board of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences, a member of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, and a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society. Since 2014 he serves a member of the Senate of the German Science Foundation (DFG).

He is active in science communication, contributing to a multi-facetted and lively image of Mathematics in public. He initiated and co-organized the German National Science Year Jahr der Mathematik 2008 and now directs the DMV Mathematics Media Office and the DMV Network Office Schools-Universities. He is the recipient of the 2008 Communicator Award of DFG and Stifterverband.

He is the author of Lectures on Polytopes (Springer 1995), of Proofs from THE BOOK (with Martin Aigner, Springer 1998), which has by now appeared in 14 languages, and of "Darf ich Zahlen? Geschichten aus der Mathematik" (English translation: "Do I count? Stories from Mathematics", CRC 2013). His latest book is "Mathematik - Das ist doch keine Kunst!" (Knaus-Verlag, München 2013).

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