Hofer, Helmut

Helmut Hofer

Professor of Mathematics

A professor of mathematics at the Courant Institute since 1997, Helmut Hofer came to NYU from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich. Previously, he was on the faculties of the University of Bath,Rutgers University, and Ruhr-Universitaet Bochum.

Professor Hofer earned his undergraduate degree and his Ph.D. from the University of Zurich.

Centering his major research interests on symplectic geometry, dynamical systems, and partial differential equations, he is author of more than 70 scientific papers and several books on a variety of topics. He also serves on numerous editorial boards.

A preeminent global scholar, he currently serves as chairman of the scientific advisory board of the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences in Leipzig; and he is co-chair of the scientific advisory committee of the Mathematical Science Research Institute in Berkeley.

Professor Hofer has been a member of the Fields Medal Committee for the International Congress of Mathematicians and includes among his many honors the Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship, a Plenary Address at the International Conference of Mathematicians, and the Ostrowski Prize for contributions to contact and symplectic geometry.