Helmut Hofer

School of Mathematics
Field of Study
Symplectic Geometry

One of the founders of the area of symplectic topology, Helmut Hofer works on symplectic geometry, dynamical systems, and partial differential equations. His fundamental contributions to the field have led to a new area of mathematics known as Hofer geometry.

Dates at IAS

Faculty: Mathematics


Member: Mathematics

9/200512/2005 Fall

Member: Mathematics

9/200112/2001 Fall

Member: Mathematics

Universität Zürich Ph.D., 1981
Universität Zürich Diplom in Mathematics, 1979
Awards: ETH Zürich, Heinz Hopf Prize 2013; Ostrowski Prize 1999; Sloan Fellowship 1987–89
Editorships: Inventiones Mathematicae, Managing Editor 2008–, Editorial Board 2007–
Memberships: Academia Europaea; American Mathematical Society; German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina; National Academy of Sciences
Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University 1997–2009 Silver Professor 2006–09, Professor 1997–2006
Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich 1993–1997 Professor
Ruhr-Universität Bochum 1989–1993 C4 Professor
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey 1985–1989 Professor 1988–89, Associate Professor 1987–88, Assistant Professor 1985–87
University of Bath 1983–1985 Lecturer
Universität Zürich 1981–1982 Oberassistent