Branko Grünbaum

Mathematician, Award Winner

1929 –

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Who is Branko Grünbaum?

Branko Grünbaum is a Croatian-born mathematician and a professor emeritus at the University of Washington in Seattle. He received his Ph.D. in 1957 from Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Israel. He has authored over 200 papers, mostly in discrete geometry, an area in which he is particularly well known for various meticulous classification theorems. He has been a key pioneer in the theory of abstract polyhedra.

His paper on line arrangements may have inspired a paper by N. G. de Bruijn on quasiperiodic tilings. This paper is also cited by the authors of a monograph on hyperplane arrangements as having inspired their research.

Grünbaum has also devised a multi-set generalisation of Venn diagrams. He is an editor and a frequent contributor to Geombinatorics.

Grünbaum's classic monograph Convex polytopes, first published in 1967, has become the main textbook on the subject. His monograph Tilings and Patterns, coauthored with G. C. Shephard, helped to rejuvenate interest in this classic field, and has proved popular with nonmathematical audiences, as well as with mathematicians.

In 2004, Gil Kalai and Victor Klee edited a special issue of Discrete and Computational Geometry in his honor, the "Grünbaum Festschrift". In 2005, Grünbaum was awarded the Leroy P. Steele Prize for Mathematical Exposition from the American Mathematical Society. In 2012 he became a fellow of the American Mathematical Society.

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Born
Oct 2, 1929
Osijek
Also known as
  • Branko Grunbaum
Nationality
  • United States of America
  • Israel
Profession
Education
  • PhD, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
    ( - 1957)
Employment
  • University of Washington
Lived in
  • Washington
    (1971 - )

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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