Volker Mehrmann

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Volker Mehrmann 2009 in Oberwolfach

Volker Ludwig Mehrmann (born 24 April 1955 in Detmold) is a German mathematician.

Education and career[edit]

At Bielefeld University he completed his Promotion (Ph.D) in 1982 under Ludwig Elsner[1] and his Habilitation in 1987 with a dissertation on control theory. Mehrmann was from 1990 to 1992 a Vertretungsprofessor (interim professor) at the RWTH Aachen University. From 1993 to 2000 he was a professor at the Chemnitz University of Technology. Since 2000 he has been a professor at the Institute for Mathematics at the Technical University of Berlin. From June 2008 to May 2016 he was the spokesperson for the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft's mathematical center called Matheon. From January 2011 to December 2013 he was president of the Gesellschaft für Angewandte Mathematik und Mechanik (GAMM). In 2011 he received from the European Research Council (ERC) an advanced grant for modeling, simulation, and control of multiphysics systems.[2]

Mehrmann is a member of the Deutschen Akademie der Technikwissenschaften (Acatech). In 2015 he gave the Gauss Lecture. He was awarded in 2018 the W. T. and Idalia Reid Prize[3] and in 2019 the Hans Schneider Prize in Linear Algebra.[4]

Mehrmann's research deals with numerical linear algebra, differential-algebraic equations, and control theory. Volker Mehrmann is on the editorial staffs of several journals, including Linear Algebra and Its Applications and Numerische Mathematik.

Selected publications[edit]

  • The Autonomous Linear Quadratic Control Problem: Theory and Numerical Solution, Lecture Notes in Control and Information Sciences, No. 163, Springer Verlag, Heidelberg, 1991. (176 pages)
  • with Matthias Bollhöfer: Numerische Mathematik. Eine projektorientierte Einführung für Ingenieure, Mathematiker und Naturwissenschaftler, Vieweg Verlag, Braunschweig, 2004.
  • with Peter Kunkel: Differential-Algebraic Equations. Analysis and Numerical Solution, EMS Publishing House, Zürich, Switzerland, 2006.
  • with Jörg Liesen: Linear algebra, Springer, 2015.


  1. ^ Volker Mehrmann at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  2. ^ "Prof. Dr. Volker Mehrmann". Institut für Mathematik, Numerische Mathematik, TU Berlin. (with eprints)
  3. ^ "Prize Spotlight: Volker Mehrmann". SIAM News. 22 August 2018.
  4. ^ "2019 Hans Schneider Prize". ILAS-Net Archive 2018.

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