**Michael Weiss** (born 14 December 1955) is a German mathematician and an expert in algebraic and geometric topology. He is a professor at the University of Münster.

## Life

He completed his Ph.D. in 1982 at the University of Warwick under the supervision of Brian Sanderson.^{[1]} He was then affiliated as a researcher with the Institute of Advanced Scientific Studies near Paris and the universities of Bielefeld, Edinburgh, and Göttingen. In 1999, he joined the faculty of Aberdeen University where he stayed until 2011, when he was awarded a prestigious Alexander von Humboldt Professorship at the University of Münster. ^{[2]} ^{[3]}

## Academic Work

His research is on algebraic topology and differential topology. In work with Ib Madsen, he resolved the Mumford Conjecture about rational characteristic classes of surface bundles in the limit as the genus tends to infinity.^{[4]} Building on earlier work of Thomas Goodwillie, he developed Embedding Calculus, a Calculus of functors for embeddings of manifolds.

## Recognition

In 2006, he was awarded the Fröhlich Prize of the London Mathematical Society.^{[5]}

## Publications

- Madsen, Ib; Weiss, Michael (2007). "The stable moduli space of Riemann surfaces: Mumford's conjecture".
*Annals of Mathematics*. (2).**165**(3): 843–941. doi:10.4007/annals.2007.165.843. MR 2335797. - Galatius, Søren; Tillmann, Ulrike; Madsen, Ib; Weiss, Michael (2009). "The homotopy type of the cobordism category".
*Acta Mathematica*.**202**(2): 195–239. doi:10.1007/s11511-009-0036-9. MR 2506750.

## References

**^**Michael Weiss at the Mathematics Genealogy Project**^**"Michael Weiss receives a Humboldt Professorship (in German)".**^**"Announcement of Humboldt Professorship awarded to Michael Weiss (in German)".**^**Allen Hatcher,*A Short Exposition of the Madsen–Weiss Theorem***^**"List of LMS prize winners | London Mathematical Society". Lms.ac.uk. 2014-04-09. Retrieved 2015-05-28. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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