Trying to find the golden thread in my research from 1987 to 2011
Wild, Marcel. 2011. Trying to find the golden thread in my research from 1987 to 2011. Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University.
Inaugural lecture delivered on 10 October 2011
Marcel Maria Wolfgang Wild was born on 17 July 1958 in Bern (Switzerland). After matriculating from the Gymnasium Rämibühl in Zürich in 1977 he studied Mathematics, Computer Science and (to a lesser degree) Philosophy at the University of Zürich. In 1982 he completed (with highest grade) his Master’s thesis “Algorithmische Aspekte bei quadratischen Formen über Q” under the direction of Volker Strassen (The same Strassen who made his name by multiplying matrices faster than Gauss). From 1983 to 1987 he was employed as “Assistent” at the University of Zürich and completed his PhD thesis during this period. This thesis, directed by Herbert Gross, received the Distinction of the University of Zürich. The next ten years saw various grants and teaching appointments, twice in Darmstadt, twice at MIT (as guest of the late Gian-Carlo Rota) and once in Zürich. In 1997 Marcel was appointed as Senior Lecturer at Stellenbosch University, and promoted to Associate Professor in 2001. He received the Rector’s Award for Excellent Research in 2000, is listed in the Marquis Who’s Who in the World, and obtained the South African Mathematical Society Award for Research Distinction 2010. Marcel is married to Marieke since 1998 and they have two sons, Wolfgang and Andreas.