Van Heijenoort, Jean, 1912-1986

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Jean van Heijenoort was born in Creil, France, on July 13, 1912. He was educated at the Lycée St. Louis in Paris. From 1932 to 1939, he served as Leon Trotsky's personal secretary. Van Heijenoort left Trotsky in 1939 and came to the United States, where his interests turned to mathematical logic. He received his Ph.D. from New York University in 1949, and taught in the New York University Mathematics Department until 1965, when he moved to the Department of Philosophy and the History of Ideas at Brandeis University, becoming Professor Emeritus in 1977. He died in Mexico City on March 28, 1986.

Van Heijenoort is best-known for his work in the history of logic; he was the editor of From Frege to Gödel: A Source Book in Mathematical Logic, 1879-1931 (1967). He was also the author of several non-historical works in mathematical logic. Some of this work appeared in his Selected Essays (1985), but most remains unpublished. His experiences with Trotsky are recounted in his With Trotsky in Exile: From Prinkipo to Coyoacán (1978).

From the guide to the Jean Van Heijenoort Papers, 1946-1988, (Archives of American Mathematics, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin)

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Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Gödel Editorial Project records, 1930-2001, 1978-2001 Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Feferman, Anita,. Anita Feferman collection, 1986. Stanford University, Hoover Institution Library
creatorOf Quine, W. V. (Willard Van Orman). W. V. Quine papers, ca. 1908-2000. Harvard University, Houghton Library
creatorOf Van Heijenoort, Jean, 1912-. Trotsky Archive cataloging worksheets, undated. Harvard University, Houghton Library
referencedIn Kreisel, Georg. Georg Kriesel correspondence with Jean van Heijenoort, 1949-1981. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Trotsky, Leon, 1879-1940. Leon Trotsky Soviet papers, 1904-1959. Harvard University, Houghton Library
creatorOf Jean Van Heijenoort Papers, 1946-1988 Archives of American Mathematics, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin
creatorOf Van Heijenoort, Jean, 1912-1986. Jean Van Heijenoort papers, 1983-1984. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Letters to Sarah Weber, 1933-1940. Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard
creatorOf Van Heijenoort, Jean, 1912-1986. Van Heijenoort, Jean, papers, 1946-1988. University of Texas Libraries, University of Texas Libraries
referencedIn Leon Trotsky exile papers, 1929-1940. Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard
creatorOf Trotsky, Leon, 1879-1940. Additional papers, 1930-1938 and undated. Harvard University, Houghton Library
referencedIn Michael S. Mahoney papers., 1923-2008 University of Minnesota Libraries. Charles Babbage Institute. [cbi]
referencedIn Gödel, Kurt. The Godel Editorial Project records, 1930-2001 (inclusive), 1978-2001 (bulk). Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Ruth Fischer papers, 1925-1961 (inclusive) 1940-1961 (bulk). Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard
creatorOf Van Heijenoort, Jean, 1912-1986. Trotsky papers cataloging records, ca. 1957-1958. Harvard University, Houghton Library
referencedIn Boris Souvarine papers, 1915-1984 (inclusive), 1940-1984 (bulk). Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard
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associatedWith Church, Alonzo, 1903-1995. person
associatedWith Dreben, Burton. person
associatedWith Feferman, Anita, person
correspondedWith Fischer, Ruth, 1895- person
associatedWith Godel, Kurt. person
associatedWith Kleene, Stephen Cole, 1909-1994. person
associatedWith Kreisel, Georg. person
associatedWith Mahoney, Michael S. (Michael Sean) person
associatedWith Martin, Roger. person
associatedWith Parsons, Charles Dacre. person
associatedWith Quine, W. V. (Willard Van Orman) person
correspondedWith Souvarine, Boris. person
associatedWith Trotsky, Leon, 1879-1940. person
associatedWith Van Heijenoort, Jean person
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Birth 1912-07-23

Death 1986-03-29

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