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Prof. Andreas Griewank

Since 2003 I have been a member of the institute of mathematics at the Adlershof campus of Humboldt University. Originally, I was appointed to a research professorship provided by the DFG research center Mathematics for Key Technologies. In 2007 I became the successor of Prof. Guddat on the chair for Nonlinear Optimization. Between 2008 and 2012 I served as the head of the mathematics institute and was active in the university self-administration at various levels.

Generally speaking, the Humboldt University falls short of what I one would wish for as a room for a lively intellectual debate and democratic decision making. After the successful application in the so called excellence program of the German government a lot of time energy and money was expended for an internal reorganization, whose purpose virtually nobody really understood let alone supported. It is perhaps not surprising that the rate of participation in the recent internal election for the university committees and governing bodies was downright miserable. Just below 32 percent among the professors, a little bit more than 16 among other scientific members of the university, some 8 percent among administrative and technical staff and less than 4 among the students. Mathematically, a nice arithmetic progression, but a sad indication that there is no serious self governance. Part of the Berlin university law is still a significant representation of the non-professorial university members at all levels. In fact during the discussions on the reorganization the non-professorial groups were the only one offering any public resistance to the top-down decision making. There is right now a series of meetings regarding the 100-th anniversary of the First World War. But I have not been able to attend, partly because all such events take place on the central campus, some 18 kilometers from the Science Campus Adlershof.


I continue to be involved in various national and international organizations concerning science and education, especially with regards to the developing world. In late 2012 I was elected to the SIAM Council for a first three year period.

I am married and have four children as well as four grand children who come along amazingly well. Our only daughter will marry her Brasilian boy friend in August in Berlin and there will be another celebration in Rion De Janeiro in January. + My last real hobby was sailplane gliding in Friedersdorf. Very rarely I get around to play the guitar.

I continue to be aghast at the continuing display of Western ignorance, arrogance and intermittent brutality towards the rest of the world. Since November 19th 2001 when our then chancelor Gerhard Schröder(SPD) bullied parlament into approving the participation of German troops in the illegal and futile invasion of Afghanistan I have been a member of 'Die Linke' , who has consistenly opposed military iterventions. I have materially and intellectually contributed to the Transnational Foundation for Peace and Future Research lead by Jan Oberg of Sweden. After my return to Germany I soon joined the Dramstädter Signal , a group current and former soldiers of the "Bundeswehr" and the "Nationale Volksarmee" who continue to insist hat the German Basic Law confines the "Bundeswehr" for good reasons to a strictly defensive role. I have recently started a Putin Fan Club whose foundation document can be viewed at vasallentreue. For an English translation of that missionary statement see.CV

In April 2015 I will officially retire from my professorial position at the Humboldt University, but expect to carry on with mathematical research and teaching there and at other institutions. I hope to combine that with my long-standing desire to get on top of French, Russian, Spanish, and possibly Portuguese language.