Richard von Mises

Mathematician, Academic

1883 – 1953

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Who was Richard von Mises?

Richard Edler von Mises was a scientist and mathematician who worked on solid mechanics, fluid mechanics, aerodynamics, aeronautics, statistics and probability theory. He held the position of Gordon-McKay Professor of Aerodynamics and Applied Mathematics at Harvard University. He described his work in his own words shortly before his death as being on

"... practical analysis, integral and differential equations, mechanics, hydrodynamics and aerodynamics, constructive geometry, probability calculus, statistics and philosophy."

Although best known for his mathematical work, he also contributed to the philosophy of science as a neo-positivist, following the line of Ernst Mach. Historians of the Vienna Circle of logical empiricism recognize a "first phase" from 1907 through 1914 with Philipp Frank, Hans Hahn, and Otto Neurath. His older brother, Ludwig von Mises, held an opposite point of view with respect to positivism and epistemology.

During his time in Istanbul, von Mises maintained close contact with Philipp Frank, a logical positivist and Professor of Physics in Prague until 1938.

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Born
Apr 19, 1883
Lviv
Also known as
  • Richard Von Mises
  • Richard Edler von Mises
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Spouses
Religion
  • Catholicism
Ethnicity
  • Jewish people
Nationality
  • Austria
Profession
Education
  • Akademisches Gymnasium
  • University of Vienna
Died
Jul 14, 1953
Boston

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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