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Prof. Dr. Barbara Wohlmuth

Mathematics/Numerical Analysis, University of Technology, Munich

Prof. Dr. Barbara Wohlmuth

Prof. Dr. Barbara Wohlmuth

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Barbara Wohlmuth is awarded the Leibniz Prize for her research achievements in numerical analysis, which enable direct applications in scientific and engineering computing. A focus of her research is the numerics of partial differential equations, to which she has made key contributions, especially with her theoretical study of mortar domain decomposition methods. With this work, and with its translation into practical techniques, she has achieved an internationally leading role in her field. Wohlmuth’s research demonstrates an extraordinarily deep theoretical understanding that also produces better computational methods, for example in solid and fluid mechanics. In short, this new Leibniz Prize winner has advanced basic research with elegance, efficiency, and an eye on practical applications.

Internationality has been the hallmark of Barbara Wohlmuth’s research career. After completing her pre-diploma in Grenoble, France, and earning her diploma and doctorate in Munich, she did research in New York. Following her DFG-funded habilitation in Augsburg and a first professorship in Stuttgart, she held visiting professorships in France and Hong Kong. Since 2010 Barbara Wohlmuth has been professor of numerical analysis at the University of Technology in Munich.