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Biographical entry Mahler, Kurt (1903 - 1988)


26 July 1903
Krefeld am Rhein, Germany
25 February 1988
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia


Kurt Mahler was Professor of Mathematics at the Institute of Advanced Studies, Australian National University, Canberra from 1963.


Born Krefeld am Rhein, Germany, 26 July 1903. Died Canberra, 25 February 1988. Educated Universities of Frankfurt am Main (PhD 1927) and G├Âttingen; ScD, University of Manchester 1940. Bishop Harvey Goodwin fellowship, University of Manchester 1933-34; Groningen, the Netherlands 1935-36; temporary assistant lecturer, University of Manchester 1937-41, assistant lecturer 1941-44, lecturer 1944-47, senior lecturer 1947-49, reader 1949-52, professor (first personal chair in the history of the University) 1952-63; professor of mathematics, Institute of Advanced Studies, Australian National University 1963-68; professor of mathematics, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio 1968-72. Fellow, Royal Society 1948; Senior Berwick Prize, London Mathematical Society 1950; honorary member, Dutch Mathematical Society 1957; Fellow, Australian Academy of Science 1965; De Morgan Medal, London Mathematical Society 1971; Lyle Medal, Australian Academy of Science 1977; honorary member, Australian Mathematical Society 1986. Commemorated by Kurt Mahler lectureship, Australian Mathematical Society.

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Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science

  • Kurt Mahler - Records, 1912 - 1988, MS 062; Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science. Details

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  • Kurt Mahler - Records, 1940 - 1988; Private hands (van der Poorten, A.J.). Details

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  • Cassels, J. W. S., 'Kurt Mahler, 1903-1988', in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2004. Details

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