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Kurt Friedrich Gödel (1906 - 1978)

Dr. Kurt Friedrich (Kurt) Gödel
Born in Brünn, Österreich-Ungarnmap
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Husband of — married 20 Sep 1938 in Wien, Land Österreich, Deutsches Reichmap
Died in Princeton, Mercer County, New Jersey, United Statesmap
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Biography

Kurt Gödel was an Austrian, and later American, logician, mathematician, and philosopher [1]. Considered along with Aristotle, Alfred Tarski and Gottlob Frege to be one of the most significant logicians in history [1], Gödel made an immense impact upon scientific and philosophical thinking in the 20th century [1], a time when others such as Bertrand Russell, Alfred North Whitehead, and David Hilbert were analyzing the use of logic and set theory to understand the foundations of mathematics pioneered by Georg Cantor [1].

Birth

Kurt Friedrich Gödel was born in Brünn, Austria-Hungary (now Brno, Czech Republic) [2]. He was baptised on 14 May [2]. His parents were Rudolf Gödel and Marianna Handschuh [2].

According to a physical description in 1941, he had blue eyes and brown hair [3].

Austria

Studies

In 1933, he lived in Vienna, and was a Professor [8].

Marriage

Kurt married his wife Adele Thusnelda Nimbursky (nee Porkert) on 20 September 1938 in Vienna, Austria [3].

United States

Earlier visits

Kurt had visited the U.S. at earlier occasions:

  • 23 September 1933, arrival in New York from Cherbourg on the S.S. Berengaria [8].

Migration

Kurt migrated from Yokohama in Japan to San Francisco, California on the 4th of March 1940 on the SS President Cleveland [3][4]. After this, he started working as a mathematician at Princeton University in St. Princeton, New Jersey.

Naturalisation

Kurt declared his intention to become a U.S. citizen on 12 December 1940, and had his oath of allegiance on 2 April 1948. Witnesses for his application were Albert Einstein, Professor at Princeton University (and known for his theory on general relativity, amongst others), and Oskar Morgenstern, Professor at Princeton University (and known for starting game theory) [3]. With his naturalisation, he changed his name from Kurt Friedrich to just "Kurt" [5]

Death

Kurt died in New Jersey in January 1978 [6]. His last place of residence was Mercer County, New Jersey [6]. He was buried in Princeton Cemetery [7]

Sources

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kurt_Gödel
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Baptism: http://actapublica.eu/matriky/brno/prohlizec/8487/?strana=191 (Flash required)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 "New Jersey Naturalization Records, 1796-1991," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QPT3-YX3J : 3 October 2019), Kurt Friedrich Godel, 1940; citing Naturalization, NARA various NAID. Records of District Courts of the United States, 1685 - 2009, RG 21. New York: National Archives and Records Administration, 2015.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "New Jersey Naturalization Records, 1796-1991," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QPT3-YX3F : 3 October 2019), Kurt Godel, 1940; citing Naturalization, NARA various NAID. Records of District Courts of the United States, 1685 - 2009, RG 21. New York: National Archives and Records Administration, 2015.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "New Jersey Naturalization Records, 1796-1991," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QPS1-YB57 : 3 October 2019), Kurt or Kurt Friedrich Godel, 1948; citing Naturalization, NARA various NAID. Records of District Courts of the United States, 1685 - 2009, RG 21. New York: National Archives and Records Administration, 2015.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 "United States Social Security Death Index," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JY9F-MNY : 20 May 2014), Kurt Godel, Jan 1978; citing U.S. Social Security Administration, Death Master File, database (Alexandria, Virginia: National Technical Information Service, ongoing).
  7. 7.0 7.1 Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed 23 March 2020), memorial page for Kurt Gödel (28 Apr 1906–14 Jan 1978), Find A Grave Memorial no. 25996503, citing Princeton Cemetery, Princeton, Mercer County, New Jersey, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 "New York, New York Passenger and Crew Lists, 1909, 1925-1957," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:24VH-L4B : 12 March 2018), Kurt Godel, 1933; citing Immigration, New York, New York, United States, NARA microfilm publication T715 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).


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