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Jürgen Berndt studied mathematics and business economics at the University of Cologne, where he obtained his PhD in 1989. He was then awarded a one-year fellowship from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) to pursue a research project at Michigan State University. After completion of the project, he returned to the University of Cologne and earned his Habilitation in 1995. In 1997, Jürgen was appointed as Lecturer at the University of Hull, and was soon promoted to Senior Lecturer and then to Reader. In 2004 he was appointed to the Chair of Mathematics at University College Cork, a position that was first occupied by the English mathematician and philosopher George Boole. Jürgen also served as Head of the Department of Mathematics during his period in Cork. In April 2009 he joined King’s as Professor of Mathematics. Jürgen was Head of Department of Mathematics at King's from August 2009 - July 2013.

Jürgen held positions as visiting researcher or professor at several institutions including Tokyo Institute of Technology, Keio University, Tokyo Metropolitan University, Sophia University, Hiroshima University, National University of Cordoba, and University of California at Irvine. His research interests revolve around geometrical problems with algebraic, analytic or topological aspects, in particular the geometry of submanifolds, curvature of Riemannian manifolds, geometry of homogeneous manifolds, and Lie group actions on manifolds. He wrote three research monographs and more than 50 research articles, and has collaborated with mathematicians from Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Iran, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Spain, United Kingdom and the USA.

Research interests

  • Geometry of submanifolds
  • Curvature of Riemannian manifolds
  • Geometry of homogeneous manifolds
  • Lie group actions on manifolds

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