Institut für Theoretische Physik, Universität LeipzigWolfhard Janke was born on December 11, 1955 in Berlin, Germany. He studied Physics and Mathematics at Free University Berlin and holds a Diploma in Physics and a Pre-Diploma in Mathematics. In 1985 he defended at FU Berlin his doctoral dissertation in Physics under the supervisorship of Prof. Hagen Kleinert. His dissertation was awarded the Joachim-Tiburtius Award of the City of Berlin. After his Habilitation in 1990 at FU Berlin and subsequent postdoctoral stays at Florida State University, USA, with Prof. Bernd Berg and at Forschungszentrum J\"ulich, Germany, with Prof. Hans Herrmann he held a Heisenberg Professorship at Mainz University in Prof. Kurt Binder's group. Since 1998 he is Full Professor for Computer-oriented Quantum Field Theory at Leipzig University, Germany. 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 "International Visiting Professor" of Coventry University, England, and since 2015 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.