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Felix Otto (mathematician)

Felix Otto (born May 19, 1966 in Munich) is a German mathematician.

Felix Otto
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Felix Otto
Born (1966-05-19) May 19, 1966 (age 52)
Alma materUniversity of Bonn
Known forOtto–Villani theorem
AwardsGottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize 2006
Scientific career
InstitutionsNew York University,
Carnegie Mellon University
Doctoral advisorStephan Luckhaus


He studied mathematics at the University of Bonn, finishing his Ph.D. thesis in 1993 under the supervision of Stephan Luckhaus.[1] After postdoctoral studies at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences of New York University and at Carnegie Mellon University, in 1997 he became a professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara. From 1999 to 2010 he was professor for applied mathematics at the University of Bonn, and currently serves as one of the directors of the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences, Leipzig.


In 2006, he received the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, which is the highest honour awarded in German research. In 2009, he was awarded a Gauss Lecture by the German Mathematical Society.