Prof. (em.) Dr. Rainer Kress

Institut für Numerische und Angewandte Mathematik (NAM)
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Rainer Kress was born 1941 in Kassel, Germany. After studying mathematics and physics at the Technische Hochschule Darmstadt  he received his doctorate in 1968 and his habilitation in 1969. From 1970 until 1971 he served as a research fellow at the Max-Planck-Institut for Physics and Astrophysics in Munich. He has been a full professor of numerical and applied mathematics in Göttingen since 1971. At the University of Göttingen, from 1974 until 1975 he served as chairman of the Fachbereich Mathematik,  from 1978 until 1981 as dean of the  Mathematisch Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät, and from 1993 until 1995 as vice president.  Since 1995 he is a member of the Göttingen Academy of Sciences. In 1975 he declined an offer for a full professorship at the Technical University in Berlin. Since 2010 he is professor emeritus.

The main research interests of Rainer Kress are in integral equations with emphasis on numerical methods and in direct and inverse boundary value problems in scattering theory. He is on the editorial board of two international journals in the above areas, that is, Journal of Integral Equations and Applications, and Journal of Inverse and Ill-posed Problems.  He has resigned from the editorial board of Inverse Problems, Mathematical Methods in the Applied Sciences, and SIAM Journal on Numerical Analysis. He is  author of  five books. The second and forth book were jointly written with David Colton from the University of Delaware, the second book was translated into Russian by Mir (Moscow, 1987), and authorized reprints of the third and fifth book were made in China. Since 1971 he was adviser of 31 PhD students and around 100 diplom students.

Rainer Kress had appointments as a visiting professor at the University of Strathclyde in Scotland, the University of Delaware in the US and the University of New South Wales in Australia. Current and active  international contacts are with the University of Delaware (USA),  the Texas A&M University (USA), the Rutgers University (USA),  Inria-Rocquencourt (France),  and the Izmir Institute of Technology (Turkey). He was co-organizer of the annual GAMM meetings  1975 and 2000 in Göttingen and of five workshops at the mathematical research institute in Oberwolfach between 1980 and 2000. Since around 1995 he was on the organizing committee of more than 10 international conferences on inverse problems.