Günter M. Ziegler

Günter Matthias Ziegler

Günter M. Ziegler, 2006
Born (1963-05-19) 19 May 1963
Munich, Bavaria, West Germany
Nationality German
Fields Mathematics
Institutions Free University of Berlin
Alma mater Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Doctoral advisor Anders Björner
Doctoral students Eva-Maria Feichtner
Christian Haase
Karim Adiprasito
Known for work on polytopes, topological combinatorics
Notable awards Chauvenet Prize (2006)

Günter Matthias Ziegler (born 19 May 1963) is a German mathematician. Ziegler is known for his research in discrete mathematics and geometry, and particularly on the combinatorics of polytopes.


Ziegler studied at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich from 1981 to 1984, and went on to receive his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1987, under the supervision of Anders Björner. After postdoctoral positions at the University of Augsburg and the Mittag-Leffler Institute, he received his habilitation in 1992 from the Technical University of Berlin, which he joined as a professor in 1995.[1][2] Ziegler has since joined the faculty of the Free University of Berlin.

Awards and honors

Ziegler was awarded one million Deutschmark Gerhard Hess Prize by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) in 1994 and the 1.5 million Deutschmark Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize, Germany's highest research honor, by the DFG in 2001.[1][3] He was awarded the 2005 Gauss Lectureship by the German Mathematical Society. In 2006 the Mathematical Association of America awarded Ziegler and Florian Pfender its highest honor for mathematical exposition, the Chauvenet Prize, for their paper on kissing numbers.[2][4]

In 2006 he became president for a two-year term of the German Mathematical Society.[2] In 2012 he became a fellow of the American Mathematical Society.[5] In 2013 Ziegler was granted the Hector Science Award[6] and became a member of the Hector Fellow Academy.[7] Since July 2016 Ziegler is chair of the Berlin Mathematical School.

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