Anna Wienhard Appointed to Leopoldina

Published 21.11.2023

Our director, Anna Wienhard, was recently elected to the German Academy of Sciences, Leopoldina. Acceptance into the Academy is considered one of the highest academic honors. We extend our sincere congratulations!

Anna Wienhard has been director at the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences in Leipzig since 2022. Previously, she held the Chair of Differential Geometry at the Ruprecht Karls University of Heidelberg. She was also director of the Geometry and Dynamics Research Center and group leader at the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies. Longer research stays brought her to the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, USA.

Her research interests lie at the intersection of geometry, topology, and dynamic systems. She believes in the unity of mathematics, in the fruitful interplay between fundamental research in mathematics and its applications in other sciences. Symmetries play a key role in her research. In addition, Anna Wienhard collaborates with scientists from other disciplines to explore applications of geometric and topological methods outside of mathematics, for example in physics and data analysis.

Anna Wienhard has received numerous honors and awards, including an ERC Consolidator Grant and an ERC Advanced Grant from the European Research Council. She is a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society and an elected member of the European Academy of Sciences. In addition to her membership in the Leopoldina, she is active in the Heidelberg and Berlin-Brandenburg Academies of Sciences and Humanities.

About the Leopoldina

Founded in 1652, the Leopoldina is one of the oldest scientific academies in the world. Its more than 1,500 members include eminent scientists from Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and other countries who contribute their profound expertise from a wide range of research fields. As an independent academy, the Leopoldina represents German science in international bodies and comments on the scientific basis of political and social issues.