Peter Deuflhard awarded the ICIAM Maxwell Prize 2007

Mathematician's style of research revolutionized scientific computing

Springer author Peter Deuflhard (62) has been awarded the International Council for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (ICIAM) Maxwell Prize. Deuflhard, president and founder of the Zuse Institute Berlin (ZIB), has been recognized for the many outstanding contributions he has made to applied mathematics in the course of his career. The prize will be awarded at the Opening Ceremony of the International Congress for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, to be held in Zurich from July 16 to July 20, 2007.

Peter Deuflhard's contributions to applied mathematics cover a wide spectrum including chemical engineering, microwave technology up to nano-optics, medicine, and biotechnology. He collaborates with engineers, physicians, practitioners and scientists in many different fields. Joining together applied mathematicians and computer scientists, he was instrumental in establishing modern scientific computing as a field. At Springer he is the author of Newton Methods for Nonlinear Problems and co-author of Scientific Computing with Ordinary Differential Equations and Numerical Analysis in Modern Scientific Computing.

Peter Deuflhard earned his master's degree in physics from the Technical University of Munich and his PhD in mathematics from the University of Cologne. He attained the title of Professor of Mathematics from the Technical University of Munich in 1977. From 1978 to 1986 he held the position of Full Professor at the University of Heidelberg, and from 1986 to the present has occupied the Scientific Computing chair at the Free University of Berlin. In 2001 he was elected as a member of the Berlin Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities.

The ICIAM is a world body which brings together all the national associations of professional mathematicians concerned with applications. Awarded every four years, The Maxwell Prize was established to provide international recognition to a mathematician who has demonstrated originality in applied mathematics. It was created on the initiative of ICIAM member society The Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA), with the support of the J. C. Maxwell Society, and first awarded in 1999.


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