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The German Center for Research and Innovation (GCRI) and the German Research Foundation (DFG) presented Mathematics Professor Günter Ziegler in DFG’s Leibniz Lecture Series.
Günter M. Ziegler was born in München, Germany, in 1963. He earned his Ph.D. at M.I.T. with Anders Björner in 1987. In 1995 he was tenured as Professor of Mathematics at TU Berlin and in 2006 he became the founding chair of the Berlin Mathematical School, where he remains active as a board member. He has been a member of the DFG Research Center MATHEON - Mathematics for Key Technologies since its start in 2002. In 2011 he joined Freie Universität Berlin as a MATHEON Professor.
In addition to the DFG’s Leibniz Prize 2001, Professor Ziegler’s honors include the Chauvenet Prize (2004) from the Mathematical Association of America and the 2008 Communicator Award from the DFG and the Stifterverband. The latter – a personal award worth 50,000 Euros – honors scientists who are exceptionally good in communicating their scientific results to the public.
The DFG’s purpose in organizing Leibniz Lectures by recipients of the Leibniz Prize is to increase the international visibility of top-level German research. The Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize is the highest honor awarded in German research and the prize is awarded solely on the basis of the scientific quality of the recipient’s work. Up to ten prizes are awarded annually with a maximum of 2.5 million Euros per award. By hosting Leibniz Lectures in different regions throughout the world, the DFG hopes to promote the prize, the outstanding research performed by the prize holders as well as the exceptional quality of German science in general.
The German Consul General in New York, Busso von Alvensleben, delivered the welcome address. Dr. Eva-Maria Streier, Director of DFG’s New York Office, moderated the event.