

Walter Tholen  Synopsis of Curriculum Vitae Walter Tholen
received his Ph.D. (Dr. rer. nat.) from the University of Münster in 1974 and
his Habilitation four years later from Fernuniversität Hagen,
Germany. Since 1983 he has been working at York University in Toronto,
assuming the position of Full Professor in 1988. He chaired the Department
of Mathematics and Statistics from 1989 until 1992. In 2007 he was
appointed Associate Dean (Research and Faculty Affairs) in the Faculty of Science and
Engineering, and in 200910 he served the Faculty as Interim Dean. From
2011 to 2015 he served the University as Associate VicePresident
Research. He was Visiting Professor at numerous
institutions, including ETH Zürich, MaxPlanckInstitute for Mathematics in
Bonn, University of British Columbia, McGill
University, University of Sydney, Macquarie University, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Georgian Academy of Sciences,
University of Coimbra, University of L'Aquila,
University of Trieste, University of Perugia, Masaryk University, Université Catholique de Louvain,
Université du Littoral, University of Bremen, and Fernuniversität. Since
2019 he is a Professor Emeritus (Senior Scholar). His general research interests are in Category Theory and its applications
to Algebra, Topology, and Computer Science. Much of his work concerns the
establishment of algebraic and topological facts in arbitrary categories,
without recourse to sets. He coauthored a monograph on The Categorical
Structure of Closure Operators with D. Dikranjan (KluwerSpringer,
1995) and coedited books on Categorical Foundations (with M. C. Pedicchio,
Cambridge University Press, 2004), Galois Theory, Hopf Algebras, and
Semiabelian Categories (with George Janelidze and Bodo Pareigis, American
Mathematical Society, 2004), and most recently on Monoidal
Topology (with Dirk Hofmann and Gavin J. Seal, Cambridge University
Press, 2014). He has published some 130 research articles in scientific
journals, and his work has been supported continuously since his arrival
at York by the Natural Sciences and Engineering
Council of Canada. He has been a member of the editorial boards of
Applied Categorical Structures (ACS, Springer), Theory and Applications of Categories
(TAC, electronic journal) and
of the Journal
of Homotopy Theory and Related Structures (electronic journal) since the
inception of these journals, but in 2018 asked to be released from
editorial duties for them. He
coedited a number of conference proceedings and special volumes that
appeared in ACS, TAC, Topology and Its Applications (Elsevier), Lecture Notes in Mathematics
(Springer) and the Tbilisi Mathematical Journal (De Gruyter). 