Ilka Agricola

Ilka Agricola (born August 8, 1973 in The Hague)[1] is a German mathematician who deals with differential geometry and its applications in mathematical physics. She is dean of mathematics and computer science at the University of Marburg, where she has also been responsible for making public the university's collection of mathematical models.[2]

Ilka Agricola
Born(1973-08-08)August 8, 1973
The Hague
Alma materHumboldt University, Germany

Life and work

Agricola studied physics at the Technical University of Munich and the University of Munich from 1991 to 1996.[1] After a guest stay at Rutgers University in New Jersey (United States) that lasted until the end of 1997 she went to the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, where in 2000 she earned a mathematics doctorate under Thomas Friedrich.[3]

From 2003 to 2008, she led one of the Volkswagen Foundation funded research groups at Humboldt University in the field of special geometries in mathematical physics. From 2004 to 2008 she was a project manager in the priority program for string theory at the German Research Foundation and the Collaborative Research Center 1080. Agricola took the Habilitation in 2004 at the University of Greifswald in mathematics. In 2008 she was appointed professor at the University of Marburg. Since November 2014, she has been Dean of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science.[1]

Agricola is an editor of the journal Communications in Mathematics, an academic journal in mathematics published by De Gruyter.[4]

Awards and honors

In 2003, Ilka Agricola received the Medal of Honor of Charles University in Prague.[5] In 2016, she was awarded the Ars legendi faculty prize of the Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft and German Rectors' Conference for excellence in teaching mathematics.[6]

Selected publications


  • Agricola, Ilka; Friedrich, Thomas (2002), Global analysis: Differential forms in analysis, geometry and physics, Graduate Studies in Mathematics, 52, Providence, RI: American Mathematical Society, doi:10.1090/gsm/052, ISBN 0-8218-2951-3. Translated from the 2001 German original by Andreas Nestke.[7]
  • Agricola, Ilka; Friedrich, Thomas (2008), Elementary geometry, Student Mathematical Library, 43, Providence, RI: American Mathematical Society, doi:10.1090/stml/043, ISBN 978-0-8218-4347-5. Translated from the 2005 German original by Philip G. Spain.[8]



  1. Curriculum vitae, retrieved 2017-01-01.
  2. Hitzeroth, Manfred (January 11, 2011), "Vom Affensattel zum Storchenschnabel", Oberhessische Presse (in German)
  3. Ilka Agricola at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  4. Communications in Mathematics, publisher home page, retrieved 2017-01-01.
  5. Gabel, Tim (December 20, 2013), "Mit Gauß unter den Weihnachtsbaum" (PDF), Oberhessische Presse (in German).
  6. Lehrende aus Gießen und Marburg erhalten Ars legendi-Fakultätenpreis (in German), Hessian Ministry for Science and the Arts, April 11, 2016.
  7. Review of Globale Analysis (Vieweg, 2001) by Jürgen Eichhorn, MR1823409.
  8. Review of Elementary geometry by William J. Satzer, Mathematical Association of America, April 30, 2008.
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