Helmut Hofer

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Helmut Hofer
Helmut Hofer, IAS.jpg
Helmut Hofer lecturing at IAS in 2009
Born(1956-02-28)28 February 1956
United States
Alma materUniversität Zürich
Known forSymplectic capacities
Hofer geometry
Symplectic homology
Finite energy foliations
Symplectic field theory
Polyfold theory
AwardsOstrowski Prize (1999)
Heinz Hopf Prize (2013)
Scientific career
Doctoral advisorPeter Hess

Helmut Hermann W. Hofer (born February 28, 1956)[1] is a German-American mathematician, one of the founders of the area of symplectic topology.[2]

He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences,[3] and the recipient of the 1999 Ostrowski Prize[4] and the 2013 Heinz Hopf Prize [1]. Since 2009, he is a faculty member at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton.[2] He currently works on symplectic geometry, dynamical systems, and partial differential equations. His contributions to the field include Hofer geometry. Hofer was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2020.[5]

He was an invited speaker at the International Congress of Mathematicians (ICM) in 1990 in Kyoto[6] and a plenary speaker at the ICM in 1998 in Berlin.[7]

Selected publications[edit]

  • Ekeland, Ivar; Hofer, Helmut (1985). "Periodic solutions with prescribed minimal period for convex autonomous Hamiltonian systems". Inventiones Mathematicae. 81 (1): 155–188. doi:10.1007/BF01388776. MR 0796195. S2CID 120891372.
  • Hofer, Helmut; Zehnder, Eduard (1987). "Periodic solutions on hypersurfaces and a result by C. Viterbo". Inventiones Mathematicae. 90 (1): 1–9. doi:10.1007/BF01389030. MR 0906578. S2CID 121157240.
  • Ekeland, Ivar; Hofer, Helmut (1989). "Symplectic topology and Hamiltonian dynamics". Mathematische Zeitschrift. 200 (3): 355–378. doi:10.1007/BF01215653. MR 0978597. S2CID 123600347.
  • Hofer, Helmut (1990). "On the topological properties of symplectic maps". Proceedings of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Section A. 115 (1–2): 25–38. doi:10.1017/S0308210500024549. MR 1059642.
  • Hofer, Helmut (1993). "Pseudoholomorphic curves in symplectizations with applications to the Weinstein conjecture in dimension three". Inventiones Mathematicae. 114 (3): 515–563. doi:10.1007/BF01232679. MR 1244912. S2CID 123618375.
  • Hofer, Helmut; Zehnder, Eduard (2011). Symplectic invariants and Hamiltonian dynamics. Modern Birkhäuser Classics. Basel: Birkhäuser Verlag. doi:10.1007/978-3-0348-0104-1. ISBN 978-3-0348-0103-4. MR 2797558.
  • Hofer, Helmut; Wysocki, Krzysztof; Zehnder, Eduard (1998). "The dynamics on three-dimensional strictly convex energy surfaces". Annals of Mathematics. 148 (1): 197–289. doi:10.2307/120994. JSTOR 120994. MR 1652928.
  • Hofer, Helmut; Wysocki, Krzysztof; Zehnder, Eduard (2003). "Finite energy foliations of tight three-spheres and Hamiltonian dynamics". Annals of Mathematics. 157 (1): 125–255. doi:10.4007/annals.2003.157.125. MR 1954266.


  1. ^ "Curriculum Vitae Prof. Dr. Helmut Hofer" (PDF). Leopoldina Nationale Akademie der Wissenschaften.
  2. ^ a b "IAS press release". IAS.
  3. ^ "2 NYU faculty elected to National Academy of Sciences". NYU.
  4. ^ "Beilinson and Hofer share Ostrowski Prize" (PDF). Notices Amer. Math. Soc. 47 (8): 885. 2000. MR 1776106.
  5. ^ "New Members". American Academy of Arts & Sciences. Retrieved 2020-04-23.
  6. ^ Hofer, Helmut (1991). "Symplectic invariants". Proceedings of the International Congress of Mathematicians (1990, Kyoto). vol. 1. pp. 521–528. |volume= has extra text (help)
  7. ^ Hofer, Helmut H. W. (1998). "Dynamics, topology, and holomorphic curves". Doc. Math. (Bielefeld) Extra Vol. ICM Berlin, 1998, vol. I. pp. 255–280.

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