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Curriculum Vitae of Willi Freeden ("in brief")

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Curriculum Vitae of Willi Freeden ("in brief")

Private:

  • Place of birth: Kaldenkirchen (today: Nettetal), Rhineland
  • Married (since 1981) with Margret Freeden
  • 1 daughter, 2 sons
  • 1 dog

Examinations:                                                           at the age of

    • Abitur...................................................................................................18 years
    • Philosophicum......................................................................................21 years
    • Diplom: mathematics.............................................................................23 years
    • Staatsexamen: mathematics, geography (summa cum laude)...................24 years
    • Promotion (summa cum laude)...............................................................27 years
    • Habilitation...........................................................................................30 years

      Universities:

      • Ohio State University  (1982-83  Research Associate Professor at the Department of Geodetic Science and Surveying, Columbus, Ohio)
      • RWTH Aachen University (1984 Professor for Mathematics)
      • University of  Kaiserslautern (1989 Professor for Technomathematics)
      • University of Kaiserslautern (1994 Professor for Geomathematics)

      University Career (University of Kaiserslautern):

      • Head (1994)  Geomathematics Group of the University of Kaiserslautern
      • Responsible Co-ordinator (1998- 2002)  Service in Engineering Mathematics
      • Dean (2002-2003)  Faculty of mathematics
      • Head of the Graduate School (2002-2003)  Mathematics as a Key Technology“
      • Vice President (2002-2006)  for Research and Technology

      Subjects of Research:

      • special functions of mathematical (geo)physics (in particular orthogonal polynomials, (scalar, vectorial, tensorial) spherical harmonics, Bessel and Hankel functions, etc.)
      • partial differential equations (potential theory, elasticity, electromagnetism, fluid dynamics, refraction, geothermal flow)
      • constructive approximation (in particular radial basis functions, finite elements, splines, wavelets etc.), integral transforms
      • numerical methods (cubature, "scientific computing", particularly of georelevant problems in potential theory, elasticity and electromagnetic theory)
      • inverse problems in geophysics, geodesy and satellite technology (e.g., geomagnetics, gravimetry, satellite to satellite tracking, satellite gradiometry, seismics, etc.)

      Particular Qualifications/Awards:

      • Borchers-Plakette (1975):  PhD-thesis  in „Analytic Theory of Numbers“  (Excellence Award of RWTH Aachen University)
      • Teaching: Mathematics (in particular, geomathematics, applicable analysis, constructive approximation, inverse problems, engineering mathematics)
      • Research: Applicable Analysis, Constructive Approximation, Inverse Problems, Geomathematics
      • Fellow (1999):  International Association of Geodesy (IAG)
      • Membership Bavarian Academy (since 2005)  German Geodetic Commission,  Munich
      • (Co-)editor (2017)  12 international  journals in mathematics and geosciences
      • (Co-)editor (2010)   Handbook of Geomathematics (Springer)  with M.Z. Nashed, T. Sonar  (first edition)
      • (Co-)editor (2014)   Handbuch Tiefe  Geothermie with M. Bauer,  H. Jacobi, T. Neu  (Springer)
      • (Co-)editor (2017)   Handbuch Oberflächennahe Geothermie with M. Bauer,  H. Jacobi, T. Neu  (Springer)
      • (Co-)editor (2017)   Handbook of Mathematical Geodesy  with M.Z. Nashed  (Birkhäuser)
      • (Co-)editor (2015)   Handbook of Geomathematics (Springer)  with M.Z. Nashed, T. Sonar  (second edition)
      • Editor in Chief (2017)  Handbuch der Geodäsie  with R. Rummel (Sprnger)
      • Editor in Chief (2015)  Bookseries  „Geosystem Mathematics“ (Birkhäuser)
      • Editor in Chief (2016)  Lecture Notes in „Geosystems Mathematics and Computing“ (Birkhäuser)
      • Editor in Chief (since 2010)  International Journal on Geomathematics (Springer)
      • Publications (2017): more than 180 papers in international journals of mathematics and geosciences, 13 books