Florian Breuer

Florian Breuer has a theory: if you believe in something strongly and enjoy doing it, you will surely excel in it. It’s a principle he applies daily, whether he is teaching his students, serving as head of Mathematics at the University of Stellenbosch or doing research in Numbers Theory. Now 36, Breuer holds a Phd from the Université Denis Diderot in Paris and sits on the editorial board of the Journal of Number Theory. His work was recently published in the Journal für die reine und angewandte Mathematik, the world’s oldest mathematical journal. Although the impact of his research may only be fully realised in the far future, it is his role as professor, inspiring students to take up the numbers quest, that shows immediate results and proves his theory of excellence to be correct. That, and photography, to which he applies equal parts of scientific theory and personal passion. — Caroline Cowan