Heinz-Otto Peitgen

Heinz- Otto Peitgen ( born April 30, 1945 in Nümbrecht - break) is a German mathematician. His research areas are the fractals and 3D visualization for medicine. The topic of fractals was, among other things, through publications in German-speaking briefly popular.


Peitgen studied from 1965 to 1971 in Bonn, mathematics, physics and economics. He then worked for six years at the Institute of Applied Mathematics, University of Bonn, where he received his doctorate and his habilitation in 1977, 1973 respectively in mathematics.

In 1977 he was appointed to a professorship of mathematics at the University of Bremen and built there along with other an Institute for Dynamic Systems with a laboratory for computer graphics on. In 1992 he founded the " Center for Complex Systems and Visualization " ( CeVis ) at the University of Bremen. From 1985 to 1991 he was professor of mathematics at the University of California at Santa Cruz; 1991 to 2012 he was professor of mathematics and biomedical sciences at the Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton. He is now Professor Emeritus there.

In 1992 he became the European Academy of Sciences and Arts and appointed to the Academy of Sciences in Göttingen in 2008.

In 1995, Peitgen in Bremen, the " Centre for Medical Image Computing" ( MeVis Research gGmbH ). In 2009 MeVis Research was in an institute of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft now: " Fraunhofer Institute for Medical Image Computing MEVIS " short: Fraunhofer MEVIS converted. 1 October 2012 Peitgen was retired at the University of Bremen and was at the same time from the line of Fraunhofer MEVIS. In 1997 he founded the MeVis Technology GmbH gGmbH as a commercial spin-off from the MeVis Research, which under a new name MeVis Medical Solutions AG ( MMS) went public in 2007. Peitgen is Chairman of the Supervisory Board. The company sells software for the diagnosis of breast and lung cancer risk and planning for liver surgery.

Since January 2013 he was president of the private Jacobs University Bremen. He thus entered the successor of Joachim Treusch. The private university came under Peitgen into a spiral of debt, and threatened her bankruptcy. In November 2013, Heinz Otto Peitgen occurred on 31 December 2013 from his position as President and CEO of Jacobs University back. The retreat takes place due to different views on leadership and the future shape of the university. During his tenure, the conclusion of a contract between the university, the Jacobs Foundation and the Bremen Senate fell to the financial restructuring of the ailing institution. For his retirement he will get 800,000 euros compensation. In January 2014, the second director of the university, Katja Windt, took over the post as acting.


Selected books