Bernd Sturmfels (born March 28, 1962 in Kassel, West Germany) is a Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science at the University of California, Berkeley and is a director of the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences in Leipzig since 2017.
Education and career
He received his Ph.D. in 1987 from the University of Washington and the Technische Universität Darmstadt. After two postdoctoral years at the Institute for Mathematics and its Applications in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and the Research Institute for Symbolic Computation in Linz, Austria, he taught at Cornell University, before joining UC Berkeley in 1995. His Ph.D. students include Melody Chan, Jesús A. De Loera, Mike Develin, Rekha R. Thomas, and Cynthia Vinzant.
Bernd Sturmfels has made contributions to a variety of areas of mathematics, including algebraic geometry, commutative algebra, discrete geometry, Gröbner bases, toric varieties, tropical geometry, algebraic statistics, and computational biology. He has written several highly cited papers in algebra with Dave Bayer.
Awards and honors
Sturmfels' honors include a National Young Investigator Fellowship, an Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship, and a David and Lucile Packard Fellowship. In 1999 he received a Lester R. Ford Award for his expository article Polynomial equations and convex polytopes. He was awarded a Miller Research Professorship at the University of California Berkeley for 2000–2001. In 2018 he was awarded the George David Birkhoff Prize in Applied Mathematics.
- Maclagan, Diane; Sturmfels, Bernd (2015). Introduction to tropical geometry. Providence, Rhode Island. ISBN 978-0-8218-5198-2.
- Sturmfels, Bernd (1998). "Polynomial equations and convex polytopes". Amer. Math. Monthly. 105 (10): 907–922. doi:10.2307/2589283. JSTOR 2589283.
- List of Fellows of the American Mathematical Society, retrieved 2013-08-05.
- Gallian, Joe; Ivars Peterson (January 2008). ""Mathematicians Have a Different Perspective": An Interview with Bernd Sturmfels" (PDF). MAA Focus. Washington, DC: Mathematical Association of America. 28 (1): 4–7. ISSN 0731-2040. Retrieved 2013-09-15.