Rudolf Taschner was born in 1953 in Ternitz and since 1977 he has been a professor at the Vienna University of Technology (TU). Together with his wife and other colleagues Taschner founded and runs "math.space," a series of events located in the museum's quarter in Vienna that presents mathematics as a cultural achievement. In 2004 Rudolf Taschner was elected "Scientist of the Year." In 2011 he was awarded the Prize for People's Education of the City of Vienna. Lastly, in 2013 he published the book "The Number That Came out of the Cold. When Math Turns into an Adventure."