# Minkowski, H. (Hermann), 1864-1909

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German mathematician (mathematical physics). Affiliations: University of Königsberg, Ph. D. 1885; University of Bonn, 1885-1894; University of Königsberg 1894-1896; ETH Zürich 1896-1902; University of Göttingen, o. professor 1902-1909.

From the description of Papers. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 84584433

Minkowski was born on June 22, 1864 of German parents in Alexotas, Russia; was the joint winner of the Paris Academy of Sciences Grand Prix des Sciences Mathématiques in 1883; attended University of Berlin and University of Königsberg, where he received his doctorate in 1885; he taught at Bonn until 1894, then returned to Königsberg for two years; taught at Zurich from 1896-1902, and then at Göttingen, where he taught until his death; developed what he called the "geometry of numbers;" worked in mathematical physics the last years of his life, when he participated in the movement of ideas that led to the theory of relativity; publications include Geometrie der Zahlen (1896), Diophantische approximationen (1907), and Gesammelte abhandlungen (1911); he died on Jan. 12, 1909 in Göttingen, Germany.

From the description of Mathematical notebooks, 1886-1905. (University of California, Los Angeles). WorldCat record id: 41481757

Mathematician (geometry of numbers, quadratic forms). On mathematics faculty of Universität Bonn, 1885-1894; Universität Zürich, 1896-1902; and Universität Göttingen, 1902-1909.

From the description of Notebooks, 1882-1906. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 78770498

From the description of Notebooks, 1882-1906. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 83715386

Biography

Minkowski was born on June 22, 1864 of German parents in Alexotas, Russia; was the joint winner of the Paris Academy of Sciences Grand Prix des Sciences Mathématiques in 1883; attended University of Berlin and University of Königsberg, where he received his doctorate in 1885; he taught at Bonn until 1894, then returned to Königsberg for two years; taught at Zurich from 1896-1902, and then at Göttingen, where he taught until his death; developed what he called the “geometry of numbers”; worked in mathematical physics the last years of his life, when he participated in the movement of ideas that led to the theory of relativity; publications include Geometrie der Zahlen (1896), Diophantische approximationen (1907), and Gesammelte abhandlungen (1911); he died on January 12, 1909 in Göttingen, Germany.

From the guide to the H. Minkowski Mathematical Notebooks, 1886-1905, (University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Dept. of Special Collections.)

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#### Subjects:

- Number theory
- Forms, Quadratic
- Mathematics
- Hydrodynamics
- Algebra
- Geometry
- Mechanics
- Mathematicians--Archival resources
- Relativity (Physics)--Study and teaching

#### Occupations:

- Mathematicians
- Mathematicians--Germany--Archival resources

#### Places:

- Germany
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