Alexander von Humboldt Professorship 2011

Hannes Leitgeb

Hannes Leitgeb is one of the world’s leading academics working at the interface of logic, mathematics and cognitive science.

  • Nominating University: LMU München


Hannes Leitgeb's numerous innovative achievements include his work on artificial neural networks. This is where Leitgeb closes the interdisciplinary gap between research into artificial intelligence and brain research. In Munich Leitgeb will build up a new centre of mathematical philosophy which will cooperate closely with neurophilosophy and neuroscience.

Brief bio

Prof. Dr. Hannes Leitgeb, born Austria, 1972, doctorates in mathematics (1998) and philosophy (2001), both at Salzburg, subsequently assistant professor there; in 2004, a year in Stanford as Erwin Schrödinger Fellow; from 2005, at University of Bristol, UK, initially as reader and from 2007 – at the age of 35 – as holder of the chair bridging the philosophy and mathematics departments. Granted the Humboldt Foundation’s Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Award and the Philip Leverhulme Prize in 2007. Selected as an Alexander von Humboldt Professor in 2010; assumed the chair in logic and philosophy of language in October 2010, concurrently becoming head of the Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy at LMU Munich.
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