Peter Maaß received a rare honor: On June 29, 2018, the Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science of Saarland University awarded him an honorary doctorate "in recognition of his achievements in numerical mathematics and its intramathematical consequences for the theory and solution of inverse problems as well as their far-reaching applications in medical imaging and industry".
Peter Maaß studied mathematics in Karlsruhe, Cambridge and Heidelberg. After graduating, he moved to the Technical University of Berlin, where he also received his doctorate in 1988. After about a year of research at Tufts University in Boston, Peter Maaß joined Saarland University in 1991. There he habilitated in 1993 under Professor Alfred K. Louis.
Shortly afterwards he was offered a C4 professorship in numerical mathematics at the University of Potsdam. In 1999, he accepted an appointment at the University of Bremen and has since headed the Center for Technomathematics. Peter Maaß is regarded as one of the most respected and renowned mathematicians in Germany. His main areas of research are the solution of inverse problems, mathematical data analysis and imaging techniques.
Peter Maaß's close relationship with the University of Saarland has been maintained since the early 1990s. Currently Peter Maaß is working together with the two professors Alfred K. Louis and Thomas Schuster from Saarbrücken as well as with the mathematician Anne Wald. Among other things, he is conducting research within the framework of a German-Chinese cooperation together with Prof. Louis in the DFG-funded project "Bimodal Reconstruction and Magnetic Particle Imaging" and together with Prof. Schuster and Dr. Wald in the BMBF-funded project "Model-based Parameter Identification in Magnetic Particle Imaging".
The honorary doctorate will be awarded next Friday, June 29, 2018, in Saar-brücken. The laudation will be held by Professor Martin Burger (Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster).
Peter Maaß is the fifth mathematician to be honoured by Saarland University since its 70th anniversary. This award was previously presented to Gerhard Frey (2014), Heinz W. Engl (2012), Frank Natterer (2002) and Gottfried Köthe (1981).