Hugo Steinhaus

Mathematician, Academic

1887 – 1972

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Who was Hugo Steinhaus?

Władysław Hugo Dionizy Steinhaus was a Polish mathematician and educator. Steinhaus obtained his PhD under David Hilbert at Göttingen University in 1911 and later became a professor at the Jan Kazimierz University in Lwów, where he helped establish what later became known as the Lwów School of Mathematics. He is credited with "discovering" mathematician Stefan Banach, with whom he gave a notable contribution to functional analysis through the Banach–Steinhaus theorem. After World War II Steinhaus played an important part in the establishment of the mathematics department at Wrocław University and in the revival of Polish mathematics from the destruction of the war.

Author of around 170 scientific articles and books, Steinhaus has left its legacy and contribution on many branches of mathematics, such as functional analysis, geometry, mathematical logic, and trigonometry. Notably he is regarded as one of the early founders of the game theory and the probability theory preceding in his studies, later, more comprehensive approaches, by other scholars.

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Born
Jan 14, 1887
Jasło
Also known as
  • Władysław Hugo Dionizy Steinhaus
Ethnicity
  • Jewish people
  • Poles
Nationality
  • Poland
Profession
Education
  • Lviv University
  • University of Göttingen
Lived in
  • Wrocław
  • Lviv
  • Poland
Died
Feb 25, 1972
Wrocław

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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