Hao Wang

Mathematician, Academic

1921 – 1995


Who was Hao Wang?

Hao Wang was a Chinese American logician, philosopher and mathematician.

Born in Jinan, Shandong, in the Republic of China, Wang received his early education in China. After obtaining a B.Sc. degree in mathematics from the National Southwestern Associated University in 1943 and an M.A. in Philosophy from Tsinghua University in 1945, he moved to the United States for further graduate studies. He studied logic at Harvard University, culminating in a Ph.D. in 1948. He was appointed to an assistant professorship at Harvard the same year.

During the early 1950s, Wang studied with Paul Bernays in Zurich. In 1956, he was appointed Reader in the Philosophy of Mathematics at Oxford University. In 1959, Wang wrote on an IBM704 computer a program that in only 9 minutes mechanically proved several hundred mathematical logic theorems in Whitehead and Russell's Principia Mathematica. In 1961, he was appointed Gordon Mckay Professor of Mathematical Logic and Applied Mathematics at Harvard. From 1967 until 1991, he headed the logic research group at Rockefeller University in New York City, where he was professor of logic.

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May 20, 1921
Qihe County
  • Chinese American
  • United States of America
  • China
  • Harvard University
  • Tsinghua University
  • National Southwestern Associated University
  • Harvard University
May 13, 1995
New York City

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