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Gerhard Wanner
Kepler, Newton and Numerical Analysis
9.11.2010



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Professor Wanner studied mathematics in Innsbruck with Grobner. He spent his entire career, from 1972 to his retirement a few years ago, at the University of Geneva. In Geneva he created an outstanding school of numerical analysis, which gave fundamental contributions to the field of numerical solution of ordinary differential equations, particularly Runge Kutta methods, methods for stiff systems and, more recently, geometric integration methods. He has co-authored several seminal books on these topics. Professor Wanner has served as  President of the Swiss Mathematical Society for the years 1998-1999 and as Head of the mathematics section of the Suiss Academy of Science for  six years. Together with his former pupil Ernst Hairer, he was the recipient of the joint ETH-SIAM "Peter Henrici Price" in 2003. During the writing of his books, and in the preparation of his teaching, he got more and more interested in the historical development of mathematical ideas, a subject to which he has devoted an increasing attention in the last years.
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