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Kurt Gödel

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  • scientist
  • mathematician
  • teacher
Work Experiences
01/1930 - 01/01/1932

Member of the faculty

University of Vienna

Mathematichs

I belonged to the school of logical positivism until 1938

01/12/1932 - 31/12/1933

Privatdozent

University of Vienna

Teaching

Submitting my paper on incompleteness to the University of Vienna for my habilitation, this was accepted by Hahn on 1 December 1932. I became a Privatdozent at the University of Vienna in March 1933.

01/1934 - 12/1934

Lecturer

University of Princeton

Teaching

I gave a series of lectures at Princeton entitled On undecidable propositions of formal mathematical systems.

01/1938 - 12/1938

Lecturer

University of Göttingen

Teaching

I visited Göttingen in the summer of 1938, lecturing there on my set theory research.

01/1940 - 12/1953

Ordinary member

Institute for Advanced Study

Teaching

I was an ordinary member of the Institute for Advanced Study from 1940 to 1946 (holding year long appointments which were renewed every year), then I was a permanent member until 1953.

12/1953 - 14/01/1978

Ordinary member

University of Princeton

Teaching

I held a chair at Princeton from 1953 until my death, holding a contract which explicitly stated that I had no lecturing duties.

Education and Training
01/1923 - 12/1929

Doctor in Mathematichs

University of Vienna

I completed my doctoral dissertation under Hahn's supervision in 1929 submitting a thesis proving the completeness of the first order functional calculus.

Personal Skills
Mother tongue(s)
Other language(s)
  • English
Personal skills and competences
I gained some awards in recognition of my work. I received the National Medal of Science in 1974. I received the Einstein Award in 1951. I was a member of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States, a fellow of the Royal Society, a member of the Institute of France, a fellow of the Royal Academy and an Honorary Member of the London Mathematical Society.
Communication skills
After settling in the United States, I produced work of the greatest importance. My masterpiece Consistency of the axiom of choice and of the generalized continuum-hypothesis with the axioms of set theory (1940) is a classic of modern mathematics. In this I proved that if an axiomatic system of set theory of the type proposed by Russell and Whitehead in Principia Mathematica is consistent, then it will remain so when the axiom of choice and the generalized continuum-hypothesis are added to the system. This did not prove that these axioms were independent of the other axioms of set theory, but when this was finally established by Cohen in 1963 he built on these my ideas.
Organisational / managerial skills
In 1940 I arrived in the United States, becoming a U.S. citizen in 1948. One of my closest friends at Princeton was Einstein. We each had a high regard for the other and we spoke frequently. It is unclear how much Einstein influenced me to work on relativity, but he did indeed contribute to that subject.
Technical skills and competences
After settling in the United States, I produced work of the greatest importance. My masterpiece Consistency of the axiom of choice and of the generalized continuum-hypothesis with the axioms of set theory (1940) is a classic of modern mathematics. In this I proved that if an axiomatic system of set theory of the type proposed by Russell and Whitehead in Principia Mathematica is consistent, then it will remain so when the axiom of choice and the generalized continuum-hypothesis are added to the system. This did not prove that these axioms were independent of the other axioms of set theory, but when this was finally established by Cohen in 1963 he built on these my ideas.
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