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Günter M. Ziegler (born May 19, 1963, in Munich) is a German mathematician. Ziegler is known for his research in discrete mathematics and geometry, and particularly on the combinatorics of polytopes.


Ziegler studied at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich from 1981 to 1984, and went on to receive his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1987, under the supervision of Anders Björner. After postdoctorates at the University of Augsburg and the Mittag-Leffler Institute, he received his habilitation in 1992 from the Technical University of Berlin, which he joined as a professor in 1995.[1][2]

Awards and honors

Ziegler was awarded one million Deutschmark Gerhard Hess Prize by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) in 1994 and the 1.5 million Deutschmark Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize, Germany's highest research honor, by the DFG in 2001.[1][3] In 2006 the Mathematical Association of America awarded Ziegler and Florian Pfender its highest honor for mathematical exposition, the Chauvenet Prize, for their paper on kissing numbers.[2][4]

In 2006 he became president for a two-year term of the German Mathematical Society.[2]

Selected publications

* Proofs from THE BOOK, Springer, Berlin, 1998, ISBN 3-540-63698-6
o Aigner, Martin; Ziegler, Günter (2003), Proofs from THE BOOK, Berlin; New York: Springer, ISBN 3-540-40460-0
* Ziegler, Günter M. (1995), Lectures on Polytopes, Graduate Texts in Mathematics, 152, Berlin, New York: Springer-Verlag .
* Günter M. Ziegler in the German National Library catalogue (German)


1. ^ a b "Mathematics People", Notices of the American Mathematical Society: 511–513, May 2001,
2. ^ a b c January 2006 prizes and awards, American Mathematical Society.
3. ^ DFG web page listing Ziegler as the Leibniz prize recipient.
4. ^ Pfender, Florian; Ziegler, Günter M. (September 2004), "Kissing numbers, sphere packings, and some unexpected proofs", Notices of the American Mathematical Society: 873–883, .

Additional reading

* Drösser, Christoph (September 13, 2007), "Ein etwas anderer Streber", Die Zeit, . Article in German about Ziegler.

External links

* Ziegler's homepage at the TU Berlin

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