Institut für Theoretische Physik, Universität LeipzigWolfhard Janke was born 11 December, 1955 in Berlin, Germany. He studied physics and mathematics at Free University Berlin. In 1985 he received a PhD in physics under the supervision of Prof. Hagen Kleinert. His dissertation was awarded the Joachim-Tiburtius Award. After his Habilitation in 1990 at FU Berlin and subsequent postdoctoral stays at Florida State University, USA, with Prof. B. Berg and at Forschungszentrum J\"ulich, Germany, with Prof. H. Herrmann he held a Heisenberg Professorship at Mainz University in Prof. K. Binder's group. Since 1998 he has been a Full Professor for Computer-oriented Quantum Field Theory at Leipzig University. Between 1999--2002 he was the Director of the Institute for Theoretical Physics and Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Physics and Geosciences. Since 2011 he has been the Director of the Institute for Theoretical Physics. He is an ``International Visiting Professor'' of Coventry University, England, and since 2015 an Adjunct Professor of The University of Georgia, USA. His research interests focus on the statistical physics of polymers, phase transitions and critical phenomena, materials with quenched random disorder, and low-dimensional quantum spin systems.