Ulrike Tillmann

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Ulrike Tillmann
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Ulrike Luise Tillmann

Alma materBrandeis University
Stanford University
University of Bonn
AwardsWhitehead Prize (2004)
Scientific career
Doctoral advisorRalph Cohen

Ulrike Luise Tillmann FRS is a mathematician specializing in algebraic topology, who has made important contributions to the study of the moduli space of algebraic curves. She is titular Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of Merton College, Oxford.[1][2] In 2021 she was appointed Director of the Isaac Newton Institute at the University of Cambridge, and N.M. Rothschild & Sons Professor of Mathematical Sciences at Cambridge, but continued to hold a part-time position at Oxford.[3]


Tillmann completed her abitur at Gymnasium Georgianum in Vreden.[1] She received a B.A. from Brandeis University in 1985, followed by a M.A. from Stanford University in 1987. She read for a PhD under the supervision of Ralph Cohen at Stanford University, where she was awarded her doctorate in 1990.[1][4] She was awarded Habilitation in 1996 from the University of Bonn.[2]

Awards and honours[edit]

In 2004 she was awarded the Whitehead Prize of the London Mathematical Society.[5]

She was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2008[6] and a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society in 2013.[7] In 2017, she became a member of the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina.[8]

Tillmann was the Emmy Noether Lecturer of the German Mathematical Society in 2009.[9]

She was elected as president-designate of the London Mathematical Society in June 2020 and is bound to take over the presidency from Jonathan Keating in November 2021.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Tillmann's parents are Ewald and Marie-Luise Tillmann. In 1995 she married Jonathan Morris with whom she has had three daughters.[2]


  • Tillmann, Ulrike (1997). "On the homotopy of the stable mapping class group". Inventiones Mathematicae. 130 (2): 257–275. Bibcode:1997InMat.130..257T. doi:10.1007/s002220050184. hdl:10338.dmlcz/127120. MR 1474157. S2CID 121645148.
  • Galatius, Søren; Tillmann, Ulrike; Madsen, Ib; Weiss, Michael (2009). "The homotopy type of the cobordism category". Acta Mathematica. 202 (2): 195–239. doi:10.1007/s11511-009-0036-9. MR 2506750.


  1. ^ a b c Ulrike Tillmann (2008), Curriculum Vitae (PDF), retrieved 2008-12-16.
  2. ^ a b c "Who's Who 2009: New Names" (PDF). The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2009-06-17.
  3. ^ Ulrike Tillmann appointed Director of the Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences, University of Oxford Mathematical Institute, 4 February 2021
  4. ^ Ulrike Tillmann at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  5. ^ The London Mathematical Society (2004), Annual Report 2004 (PDF).
  6. ^ "Fellows of the Royal Society" (PDF). The Royal Society. Retrieved 2 May 2013.
  7. ^ "List of Fellows of the American Mathematical Society". American Mathematical Society. Retrieved 2 May 2013.
  8. ^ Ulrike Tillmann, German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, retrieved 2019-01-05
  9. ^ "Preise und Auszeichnungen" (in German). German Mathematical Society. Retrieved 2018-11-05.
  10. ^ "LMS President Designate Announced | London Mathematical Society". www.lms.ac.uk. Retrieved 2020-08-20.