DMV-Cantor Medal 2021 for Martin Grötschel

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We are delighted to announce that Martin Grötschel, who is a MATH+ member, receives the Cantor Medal of the Deutsche Mathematiker-Vereinigung (DMV) for 2021. The Cantor Medal is the most important scientific award of the DMV. It is awarded every two years. The prize money is 4,000 Euro.


“Through his work, Martin Grötschel has made applied mathematical research a beacon in Germany and far beyond,” said DMV President Friedrich Götze in support of the decision.


Grötschel’s research focuses on mathematical optimization, discrete mathematics, and operations research, each with close links to computer science. Grötschel was involved in a wide range of applications, including transport and logistics, telecommunications, chip design, energy, and flexible manufacturing. Since 1992 he has been involved in electronic information processing and communication, open access, open science, and related topics.


Martin Grötschel, born in 1948, was a Professor of Mathematics at the Technische Universität Berlin from 1992 to 2015. He was president of the Deutsche Mathematiker-Vereinigung (1993/94) and the Zuse Institute Berlin (ZIB) from 2012 to 2015. Grötschel was co-founder and spokesman of the DFG Research Center “Matheon – Mathematics for Key Technologies” (2002 to 2008) and chairman of the board of the Einstein Foundation Berlin from 2012 to 2015. The Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (BBAW) elected Grötschel as a full member in 1995, later as its president (2015-2020).


His scientific awards include the Leibniz Prize of the DFG, the Karl Heinz Beckurts-Preis, the Dantzig, Fulkerson and John von Neumann Theory Prize, and the EURO Gold Medal.


Read more (DMV Press release, in German)