Katrin Wehrheim

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Katrin Wehrheim
Born 1974
Nationality German
Fields Mathematics
Alma mater ETH Zürich
Doctoral advisor

Katrin Wehrheim (born 1974) is an associate professor of mathematics at the University of California, Berkeley. Her research centers around symplectic topology and gauge theory. She is known for her work on pseudoholomorphic quilts. With Dusa McDuff, she has challenged the foundational rigor of a classic proof in symplectic geometry.[1]


After attending school in Hamburg[2] and studying at the University of Hamburg until 1995 and Imperial College until 1996,[3] she went to ETH Zürich for graduate studies. After almost dropping out to become an Olympic rower,[4] Wehrheim completed her PhD in 2002, under the joint supervision of Dusa McDuff and Dietmar Salamon (de).[5]

She was an instructor at Princeton University and member of the Institute for Advanced Study before taking a tenure track position at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Awards and honors[edit]

Her PhD thesis in mathematics won the 2002 ETH medal.[4] In 2010 she received the Presidential Career Award PECASE from Barack Obama in a ceremony at the White House.[6] In 2012 she became a fellow of the American Mathematical Society.[7]


  1. ^ Hartnett, Kevin (February 9, 2017), "A Fight to Fix Geometry's Foundations: When two mathematicians raised pointed questions about a classic proof that no one really understood, they ignited a years-long debate about how much could be trusted in a new kind of geometry", Quanta .
  2. ^ "Hamburg ehrte seine jungen Sieger". Hamburger Abendblatt. Springer. 9 December 1988. Archived from the original on September 28, 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-19. 
  3. ^ "Katrin Wehrheim". Mathematics. Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Retrieved 2009-11-19. 
  4. ^ a b "Katrin Wehrheim", MIT Women in Mathematics, Mathematics Department, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, retrieved 2017-02-09 .
  5. ^ Katrin Wehrheim at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  6. ^ "President Names Nation's Top Early Career Scientists and Engineers" (Press release). National Science Foundation. November 9, 2010. Retrieved 2012-11-29. 
  7. ^ List of Fellows of the American Mathematical Society, retrieved 2013-09-01.

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