21st Century - Mathematics

Meike Maria Elisabeth Akveld

Meike Maria Elisabeth Akveld is a Swiss mathematician and textbook author, whose professional interests include knot theory, symplectic geometry, and mathematics education. She is a tenured senior scientist and lecturer in the mathematics and teacher education group in the Department of Mathematics at ETH Zurich.[1][2][3] She is also the organizer of the Mathematical Kangaroo competitions in Switzerland,[4] and president of the Association Kangourou sans Frontières, a French-based international society devoted to the popularization of mathematics.[5][6]


Akveld earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Warwick and took Part III of the Mathematical Tripos at the University of Cambridge.[3] She completed her Ph.D. at ETH Zurich in 2000, with the dissertation Hofer geometry for Lagrangian loops, a Legendrian knot and a travelling wave jointly supervised by Dietmar Salamon and Leonid Polterovich.[7]


Akveld’s mathematics books include:

Canonical metrics in Kähler geometry (by Tian Gang, based on notes taken by Akveld, Birkhäuser, 2000)[8]

Knoten in der Mathematik: Ein Spiel mit Schnüren, Bildern und Formeln (Knots in mathematics: A game with strings, pictures and formulas, in German, Orell Füssli, 2007)[9]

Hofer geometry for Lagrangian loops: And a Legendrian Knot and a travelling wave (VDM Verlag, 2008)

Integrieren – do it yourself (in German, with Ursula Eisler and Daniel Zogg, Orell Füssli, 2010)

Knots Unravelled: From String to Mathematics (with Andrew Jobbings, Arbelos, 2011)[10]

Analysis I and Analysis II (in German, with René Sperb, VDF Hochschulverlag, 2012 and 2015)[11]

Knopen in de wiskunde (Knots in mathematics, in Dutch, with Ab van der Roest, Epsilon Uitgaven, 2015)

Mathe mit dem Känguru 5: Die schönsten Aufgaben von 2015 bis 2019 (Math with the kangaroo 5: The most beautiful problems from 2015 to 2019, in German, with Alexander Unger, Monika Noack, and Robert Geretschläger [de], Hanser Verlag, 2019)


  1. ^ “Dr. Meike Akveld”The Department: People, ETH Zurich Department of Mathematics, retrieved 2020-12-18
  2. ^ “Meike Akveld receives Golden Owl”DMath News, ETH Zurich Department of Mathematics, 27 November 2014, retrieved 2020-12-18
  3. Jump up to:a b Meike Akveld, European Women in Mathematics, retrieved 2020-12-18
  4. ^ “Meike Akveld and the Kangaroo”DMath News, ETH Zurich Department of Mathematics, 16 March 2017, retrieved 2020-12-18
  5. ^ Official, Kangourou sans Frontières, retrieved 2020-12-18
  6. ^ “Meike Akveld: President Kangaroo Board”DMath News, ETH Zurich Department of Mathematics, 20 November 2019, retrieved 2020-12-18
  7. ^ Meike Akveld at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  8. ^ Reviews of Canonical metrics in Kähler geometry:
  9. ^ Reviews of Knoten in der Mathematik:
  10. ^ Reviews of Knots Unravelled:
  11. ^ Review of Analysis:

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