Professor Doctor Dorothea Wagner from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology received the Konrad-Zuse-Medal from the Gesellschaft für Informatik (GI) for her services to computer science earlier this month. 

The Konrad Zuse Medal, awarded every two years since 1987, is presented by GI to individuals who have rendered outstanding services to computer science. Prof. Dr. Dorothea Wagner, Professor in the Faculty of Computer Science at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), is the first woman to receive the highest award of the German-speaking computer science community.

GI President, Prof. Dr. Hannes Federrath, said, “We are pleased to honour Dorothea Wagner, an outstanding scientist whose contributions to computer science research are among the best in the world and can be found in numerous applications today. These include, for example, automated route planning or the optimization of energy systems. This scientific excellence goes hand in hand with an exemplary honorary commitment to computer science and science, which is highly appreciated in numerous committees within and outside the GI,” he said.

Prof. Dr. Dorothea Wagner studied mathematics at RWTH Aachen University, where she received her doctorate in 1986. Following her habilitation at the TU Berlin, she held professorships at the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg and the University of Constance. Dorothea Wagner has been Professor of Computer Science at the KIT in Karlsruhe since 2003. 

In the course of her career she has received numerous awards, including the GI Fellowship (2008), the Google-Focused Research Award (2012) and the Werner Heisenberg Medal of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (2018). In 2016, she was also elected to the acatech – German Academy of Science and Engineering.