Professor Bernd Sturmfels, director at the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences in Leipzig, Germany, has been appointed as an ordinary member of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities on Friday, November 30th 2018. The official announcement took place at the ceremony on occasion of the Einstein Day 2018.
The academy recognizes Bernd Sturmfels as one of the most influential mathematicians of his generation. He is one of the leading experts in nonlinear algebra, an emerging ﬁeld that straddles pure and applied mathematics, and which he helped shape and define. With great consistency, he has always developed new areas of mathematics along his career. These include Gröbner bases, the theory of automatic proofs, toric varieties, algebraic geometry and statistics, tropical geometry, mathematical biology, especially phylogenetics, as well as convex algebraic geometry.
With his work, Bernd Sturmfels has shaped and influenced the fields of algebraic statistics and convex algebraic geometry significantly. By formulating central problems, he is able to attract junior scientists to mathematical research. His nonlinear algebra research group at the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences, started in February 2017, has rapidly become an exciting center of activity for a diverse group of mathematicians.
Bernd Sturmfels has published in the best mathematical journals, such as the "Mathematische Annalen", the "Journal of the AMS - American Mathematical Society "or" Crelles Journal ". With his books, such as "Algebraic Statistics for Computational Biology "(2005, with Lior Pachter) and" Introduction to Tropical Geometry "(2015, with Diane Maclagan), he sets international standards.