Alexander von Humboldt Professorship 2012

Michael Weiss

As a leading expert in algebraic and differential topology, Michael Weiss enjoys an outstanding international reputation.

  • Nominating University: Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster
Prof. Michael Weiss


One of his greatest achievements is proving the Mumford conjecture, a mathematical problem that extends into many areas of the discipline. At the University of Münster, Weiss is to take on a new professorship in mathematics and strengthen geometric research in Münster, as well as helping the university join the world’s leading institutes in topology.

Brief bio

Prof. Dr. Michael Weiss was born in Germany in 1955. He completed his doctorate at the University of Warwick, UK, in 1982, then worked as a postdoc and scientific assistant at IHÉS, near Paris, and the universities of Bielefeld, Edinburgh and Göttingen. He then held various posts as associate or visiting professor before transferring to the Department of Mathematical Sciences, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, UK, in 1999, where he has been a professor since 2003. He is a member of numerous scientific committees and winner of, for example, the 2006 Fröhlich Prize of the London Mathematical Society. He was selected to become an Alexander von Humboldt Professor in 2011 and took up his position as a professor at the University of Münster in April 2012.
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