Bernd Sturmfels

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Bernd Sturmfels (born March 28, 1962 in Kassel ) is a German mathematician. He has been Director at the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Natural Sciences in Leipzig since 2017 .

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Sturmfels studied at the TU Darmstadt with Jürgen Bokowski and after graduating in 1985 went to the University of Washington in Seattle to study with Victor Klee . In 1987 he received his doctorate under Bokowski and Klee ( Oriented Matroids and Combinatorial Convex Geometry, Computational Synthetic Geometry ). As a post-doc he was at the University of Minnesota (Institute for Mathematics and its Applications, IMA) and in 1988/1989 at Bruno Buchberger's Research Institute for Symbolic Computation in Linz . He was then from 1989 Assistant Professor at Cornell University and 1992 Associate Professor. In 1994/1995 he was visiting scholar at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences of New York University . From 1995 he was at the University of California, Berkeley , where he was professor of mathematics, statistics and computer science. In 2003/2004 he was Hewlett Packard Research Professor at the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI) in Berkeley. In 1997/1998 he was visiting professor at the Research Institute for Mathematical Sciences (RIMS) at Kyoto University, in 2003 John von Neumann Professor at the Technical University of Munich and from 2000 to 2001 Miller Research Professor in Berkeley. Since 2017 he has been director at the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Natural Sciences in Leipzig.

Sturmfels deals with algebraic geometry and commutative algebra , but also with convex optimization and discrete geometry, algebraic statistics and applications in biology. He is considered a proponent of experimental mathematics .

He was in the German National Academic Foundation, Packard and Sloan Research Fellow (1991–1993) and 1992–1997 Young Investigator Fellow of the National Science Foundation. He was George Pólya Lecturer of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) from 2005–2007 and John von Neumann Lecturer of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) in 2010 , received the Alexander von Humboldt Senior Scientist Prize and in 1999 the Lester Randolph Ford Award . In 2004 he was a Senior Scholar at the Clay Mathematics Institute . He is Vice President of the American Mathematical Society (2009) and its fellow. In 2010 he received the Carl B. Allendorfer Award from the MAA. For 2018 he was awarded the George David Birkhoff Prize . Sturmfels has been Einstein's Visiting Fellow at the Technical University of Berlin since 2015 . In 2018 he was elected to the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences .


  • with Ezra Miller: Combinatorial Commutative Algebra. Graduate Texts in Mathematics. Springer, 2004.
  • with Lior Pachter (editor): Algebraic Statistics for Computational Biology. Cambridge University Press 2005.
  • with Mathias Drton, Seth Sullivant: Lectures on Algebraic Statistics. Oberwolfach Seminars, Volume 40.Birkhäuser, Basel 2009.
  • Solving Systems of Polynomial Equations. Amer. Math. Soc., CBMS Regional Conferences Series, Volume 97. Providence, Rhode Island, 2002.
  • with Nobuki Takayama, Mutsumi Saito: Gröbner Deformations of Hypergeometric Differential Equations. In: Algorithms and Computation in Mathematics. Volume 6. Springer, Heidelberg, 1999.
  • Groebner Bases and Convex Polytopes. American Mathematical Society, Univ. Lectures Series, Volume 8. Providence, Rhode Island, 1996.
  • Algorithms in Invariant Theory. Springer, 1993.
  • with Anders Bjorner, Michel Las Vergnas, Neil White, Günter M. Ziegler : Oriented Matroids. Cambridge University Press, 1993. 2nd edition 1999.
  • with Jürgen Bokowski: Computational Synthetic Geometry. Lecture Notes in Mathematics, Volume 1355. Springer, 1989.
  • What is a Gröbner Basis? , Notices AMS 2005 (PDF file; 60 kB)

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Individual evidence

  1. For Sturmfels Polynomial equations and convex polytopes , Amer. Math. Monthly, Vol. 105, 1998, pp. 907-922.
  2. George David Birkhoff Prize 2018
  3. Bernd Sturmfels . In: Einstein Visiting Fellows. Einstein Foundation Berlin, accessed on May 23, 2018.