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Hermann Minkowski



Born  Aleksota (nowadays part of Kaunas), Russian Empire

22 June 1864
Died  12 January 1909 
(aged 44)
Nationality  German 
Alma mater  Albertina University of Königsberg 
Known for  Minkowski space Minkowski diagram 
Scientific career  
Fields  Mathematician 
Institutions  University of Göttingen and ETH Zurich 
Hermann Minkowski (22 June 1864 in Kaunas – 12 January 1909 in Göttingen) was a German mathematician of Jewish descent. He was one of Albert Einstein's teachers.
Minkowski is perhaps best known for his work in relativity, in which he showed in 1907 that his former student Albert Einstein's special theory of relativity (1905), could be understood geometrically as a theory of fourdimensional spacetime, since known as the "Minkowski spacetime".
General relativity  
Einstein field equations


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Minkowski in 1883, at the time of being awarded the Mathematics Prize of the French Academy of Sciences
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