# American Institute of Mathematical Sciences

2010, 7(1): i-iii. doi: 10.3934/mbe.2010.7.1i

## Tribute to Horst R. Thieme on the occasion of his 60th birthday

 1 Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, 85287, United States

Published  January 2010

It is a great pleasure to congratulate Horst on his 60th birthday and to dedicate this volume to him in honor of his many contributions to the field of mathematical biology.
Horst Thieme has been, over a period of thirty years, one of the most productive scientists in Mathematical Biology, with numerous works on subjects centered on population biology and transmission and control of infectious disease. He has provided a number of rigorous mathematical tools for the study of structured populations, the problem of biological invasion, and the limiting behavior of epidemic and other population models. Horst Thieme's work can be characterized by deep insight into the underlying structure of biological phenomena and mechanisms, great skills in entering these insights into feasible models, and by rigorous mathematics validating or sometimes rejecting modeling approaches.

Citation: Hal L. Smith. Tribute to Horst R. Thieme on the occasion of his 60th birthday. Mathematical Biosciences & Engineering, 2010, 7 (1) : i-iii. doi: 10.3934/mbe.2010.7.1i
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