Martin Grötschel - Biography#

Since October 2015, Grötschel has been President of the Berlin Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities. He obtained his PhD in 1977 at U Bonn, was full professor of mathematics at U Augsburg (1982-1991), at TU Berlin (1991-2015) and Vice President (1991-2012)/President (2012-2015) of the Zuse Institute Berlin (ZIB). He was President of the German Mathematical Society (1993-1994), Secretary of the International Mathematical Union (2007-2014), chaired the DFG Research Center MATHEON “Mathematics for Key Technologies” (2002-2008), and held many other administrative positions in the service of the sciences. His scientific awards include the Leibniz, the Beckurts, Dantzig, Fulkerson, and John von Neumann Theory Prize. He is a member of five scientific academies, including NAE (USA) and CAS (China) and holds four honorary doctoral degrees.

Main research areas: discrete mathematics, optimization and operations research with a special focus on the design of practically efficient algorithms for hard combinatorial optimization problems appearing in application areas such as telecommunications, chip design, energy, production planning and control, logistics, public transport, digital humanities. Presently, Grötschel particularly engages in electronic information and communication, open access and open science activities as well.

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