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Biographical entry Behrend, Felix Adalbert (1911 - 1962)

23 April 1911
Charlottenburg, Berlin, Germany
27 May 1962
Richmond, Victoria, Australia


Felix Behrend was Associate Professor in Mathematics at the University of Melbourne 1954-1962. He introduced modern general topology to the university.


Born Berlin, 23 April 1911. Died Richmond, Victoria, 27 May 1962. Educated University of Berlin (PhD 1933). ScD, Charles University of Prague 1938. Pursued mathematical research at Cambridge, Zurich, Prague and finally in London, where he was detained at the outbreak of war and sent to Australia; period of internment at Hay, Orange and Tatura; tutor, Mathematics Department, University of Melbourne 1942-43, lecturer 1943-48, senior lecturer 1948-54, associate professor 1954-62. Commemorated by the Behrend memorial lecture in mathematics, established at the University of Melbourne in 1963 with funds provided by his widow.

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  • Felix Adalbert Behrend - Records, 1929 - 1959; The University of Melbourne Archives. Details

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  • Lausch, Hans, 'Felix Adalbert Behrend and Mathematics in Camp 7, Hay, 1940-41', Australian Jewish Historical Society Journal, 14 (1) (1997), 110-119. Details


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