Colloquium in commemoration of Felix Hausdorff

The Hausdorff Center is holding a colloquium in commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the death of Felix Hausdorff on January 27, 2017.

Date: January 27, 2017 - 15:15 (coffee and cake will be served at 14:45)

Location: Lipschitz lecture hall

Speaker: Sy D. Friedman (Kurt Gödel Research Center, Wien): "Der aktuelle Stand der Grundlagen der Mengenlehre", Introduction by Peter Koepke

Music: Azoy Bacana


Hausdorff ranks among the preeminent German mathematicians of the early 20th century. He was born on 8 November 1868 in Breslau as the son of a Jewish merchant. He was appointed associate professor in Bonn in 1910 and assumed a full professorship in 1913 in Greifswald. He returned to Bonn in 1921 to continue his work until 1935. With his masterpiece "Grundzüge der Mengenlehre", Hausdorff established topology as an independent discipline in mathematics.

During the national socialist regime, he suffered increasing harassment and humiliation until January 26, 1942, when he, his wife, and his sister-in-law chose suicide over imminent deportation to a concentration camp.