Anna Wienhard, group leader at HITS and professor at the Mathematical Institute of Heidelberg University, has been elected ordinary member of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities. She received her certificate on 29 November during the Einstein Day ceremony at the academy in Berlin.
Anna Wienhard studied at the University of Bonn where she earned a degree in both theology and mathematics. After one year in the collaborative research center “Judaism – Christianity,” she decided to focus on mathematics and received her doctorate at the University of Bonn in 2004. She subsequently worked as a postdoc at the University of Basel. In 2005, she moved to the US, where she pursued her research at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton and the University of Chicago, before she became assistant professor at Princeton University in 2007. In 2012, she received several offers from universities in the USA, Germany, and Austria and was appointed Professor of Pure Mathematics at the Mathematical Institute of Heidelberg University where she leads the research group “Differential Geometry”. Since 2015 Wienhard is also head of the associated “Groups and Geometry” group at HITS.
The Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities is a learned society with a three-hundred-year-old tradition of uniting outstanding scholars and scientists across national and disciplinary boundaries. 79 Nobel Prize winners have shaped its history. As the largest non-university research institute for the humanities in the Berlin-Brandenburg region, it preserves and reveals the region’s cultural inheritance, while also pursuing research and offering advice on issues that are crucial for the future of society and providing a forum for dialogue between scholarship and public. More.
The Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS) was established in 2010 by the physicist and SAP co-founder Klaus Tschira (1940-2015) and the Klaus Tschira Foundation as a private, non-profit research institute. HITS conducts basic research in the natural sciences, mathematics and computer science, with a focus on the processing, structuring, and analyzing of large amounts of complex data and the development of computational methods and software. The research fields range from molecular biology to astrophysics. The shareholders of HITS are the HITS-Stiftung, which is a subsidiary of the Klaus Tschira Foundation, Heidelberg University and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). HITS also cooperates with other universities and research institutes and with industrial partners. The base funding of HITS is provided by the HITS Stiftung with funds received from the Klaus Tschira Foundation. The primary external funding agencies are the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the German Research Foundation (DFG), and the European Union.