Home > Mathematician of the Week Archive Detail

<< Prev 10/3/2010 Next >>

Born in Breslau, Germany, I earned a doctorate in mathematics at age 22 from the University of Göttingen.

When Hitler came to power, I emigrated to the United States to become a mathematics professor at the University of California-Berkeley.

In 1950, I was discharged as a faculty member when I joined other tenured professors at Berkeley in refusing to sign a loyalty oath required by the University's board of trustees.

Eventually reinstated by a court order regarding my civil rights, I taught at Berkely even after my retirement, finishing my last class ten weeks before my death.

Though known primarily for my research work in geometry, analysis and hydrodynamics, my work in differential equations led to the development of high-speed computers.

In recognition of my work, I was elected to the National Academy of Sciences, received the American Mathematical Society's Steele Prize, and received the international Wolf Foundation Award in Mathematics.

Answer: Hans Lewy (1904 - 1988)