Personal Data

Born September 10, 1948 in Schwelm, Germany
married since 1976 with Iris Grötschel, three daughters


Vordiplom (Bachelor) in Mathematics, University of Bochum
1973 Diplom (Master) in Mathematics; University of Bochum
1977 Ph.D. (Economics), University of Bonn
1981 Habilitation (Operations Research) at University of Bonn


1973 - 1982 Research Assistant at the University of Bonn
1982 - 1991 Full Professor of Applied Mathematics at the University of Augsburg
1991 - 2005
Full Professor of Information Technology at Technische Universität Berlin (Department of Mathematics)
1991 - 2012 Vice President of the Konrad-Zuse-Zentrum für Informationstechnik Berlin (ZIB)
2012 - 2015
President of the Konrad-Zuse-Zentrum für Informationstechnik Berlin (ZIB)
Oct. 2015
President of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (BBAW)

Research Fields and Research Interests

Discrete Mathematics, Operations Research, Optimization; Applications of mathematics in telecommunication, logistics, transportation, chip design, energy, production planning and control, logistics and public transport; electronic information and communication, open access, open science, mathematical and IT-aspects of digital humanities.

Further Activities (Selection)

1993/1994 President of the Deutsche Mathematiker-Vereinigung (DMV)
1999 - 2014
Member of the Executive Committee of the International Mathematical Union (IMU)
2002 - 2008
Chair of the DFG (German Research Foundation) Research Center Matheon "Mathematics for key technologies", TU Berlin
2002 - 2009
Member of the Executive Board of the DFG Research Center  MATHEON "Mathematics for key technologies", TU Berlin
2007 - 2014
Secretary of the International Mathematical Union (IMU)
2011 - 2015
Chair of the Einstein Foundation Berlin

Membership in Scientific Academies

1995 Member of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (BBAW)
Foreign Member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), USA
Member of acatech - German Academy of Science and Engineering 
Member of Leopoldina - German National Academy of Sciences
Foreign Member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)
Fellow of The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) for the development of science in the developing countries
Member of Academia Europaea - the Academy of Europe

Several activities in national und international scientific societies (e.g. MPS, SIAM, GMÖOR); Active editorial responsibilities for 10 scientific journals.

Scientific Awards and Distinctions (Selection)

1982 Fulkerson Prize of the American Mathematical Society and Mathematical Programming Society
1990 Karl Heinz Beckurts Prize
1991 George B. Dantzig Prize of the MPS and SIAM
1995 Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize of the German Research Foundation  (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft DFG)
1998 Honorary Member of the Deutsche Mathematiker-Vereinigung
1999 Scientific Award Wissenschaftspreis of the Gesellschaft für Operations Research
1999 Foreign Associate of the National Academy of Engineering, USA
2004 EURO Gold Medal 2004 (EURO - The Association of European Operational Research Societies)
2006 Alwin Walther Medal for outstanding scientific work in applied mathematics (TU Darmstadt)
2006 Honorary Doctorate (University of Karlsruhe)
2006 John von Neumann Theory Prize (Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences - INFORMS)
2007 Honorary Doctorate (Vietnamese Academy of Science and Technology - VAST)
2008  Golden Badge of Honor of the TU Berlin
2008  Honorary Doctorate (Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg)
2008  Scientific Award of the Governing Mayor of Berlin
2009  Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM)
2010  Medal of Honour, Escuela Politécnica Nacional, Quito, Ecuador
2010  SIAM Prize for Distinguished Service to the Profession
2011  Honorary Doctorate (University of Augsburg)
2011  IBM Faculty Award
2011  TUM Distinguished Affiliated Professor (TU Munich)
2014  Life Time Award der Stiftung heureka für Umwelt & Mobilität (HEUREKA 2014, Stuttgart)


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