Christoph Zenger

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Christoph Zenger (born August 10, 1940 ) is a German mathematician and computer scientist .

life and work

Christoph Zenger did his doctorate with Friedrich Ludwig Bauer on the subject of "Generalized sets of values ​​of matrices". At the age of 35 he completed his habilitation and was then appointed to the Technical University of Munich . There he became professor for computer science with a focus on scientific computing as well as full professor of the faculty. He retired in 2005, and the Technical University of Munich awarded him the honorary title Emeritus of Excellence.

Zenger works on a borderline between mathematics and computer science. He is primarily dedicated to researching partial differential equations and has written pioneering work on increasing the efficiency of "multilevel methods", which ultimately lead to the solution of linear equation systems with a significantly reduced number of unknowns without losing accuracy.

Another focus of his scientific work are engineering applications in computer science and high-performance computing.

Recent research includes:

  • on behalf of the German Research Foundation :
    • Numerical simulation of fluid-structure interactions on Cartesian lattices
  • on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Education, Research, Science and Technology:
    • "New mathematical methods in industry and services"
    • Efficient, robust and precise solvers for the linear equation systems resulting from the mechanistic models for the simulation of time-dependent two-phase water-steam flows.
  • KONWIHR: Competence network for technical and scientific high and high performance computing in Bavaria:
    • LIA: teaching, infrastructure, public image
    • SkvG: flows in complicated, changeable geometries

Christoph Zenger is a member of the board of directors of the Leibniz Computing Center as well as the longstanding director of the joint annual holiday academy of the Technical University of Munich, the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg and the University of Stuttgart. Since 2000, Zenger has been a full member of the math and science class of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences .

In addition, he is a member of the “Working Group on Society Consulting / Future Issues” of the Union of German Academies of Sciences .



  • A cache-oblivious self-adaptive full multigrid method . 2006.
  • The curse of dimension in numerical simulation . 2004.
  • with Hans-Joachim Bungartz and Michael Griebel : Introduction to computer graphics . Vieweg, Braunschweig 2002, ISBN 3-528-16769-6 .
  • with Sascha Hilgenfeldt and Robert Balder: Sparse Grids . SFB, Munich 1995.
  • with Michael Griebel and Michael Schneider: A combination technique for the solution of sparse grid problems . SFB, Munich 1990.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Emeritus of Excellence page of the TU Munich