Ulrike Tillmann is a mathematician who has worked in topology, K-theory, and non-commutative geometry. Her work on the moduli spaces of Riemann surfaces and manifolds of higher dimensions has been inspired by problems in quantum physics and string theory. More recently, her interests include applied topology where her work has been motivated by the challenges in data science.
Born in Germany Tillmann attended her local grammar school. With the help of a Wien Scholarship she studied at Brandeis University and later received her PhD from Stanford University.
Tillmann was awarded the Whitehead Prize by the London Mathematical Society (LMS) in 2004, a Bessel-Humboldt Forschungs Preis in 2008, was elected an inaugural fellow of the American Mathematical Society in 2012 and a member of the Leopoldina in 2017. She is a fellow of the Alan Turing Institute since its beginning and serves on scientific boards of several international institutions, including the Oberwolfach Research Institute for Mathematics (MFO) and the Austrian Science Foundation (FWF). Currently she is a member of Council of the Royal Society where she also served as (interim) Vice-President in 2018.