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Kurt Gödel



Born 
Kurt Friedrich Gödel
April 28, 1906 
Died  January 14, 1978 Princeton, New Jersey, U.S.

(aged 71)
Citizenship  Czechoslovak, Austrian, United States 
Alma mater  University of Vienna 
Known for  Gödel's incompleteness theorems, constructible universe, Gödel's completeness theorem, ωconsistent theory, the consistency of the continuum hypothesis with ZFC, Gödel metric, Gödel's ontological proof, Gödel–Dummett logic, slingshot argument 
Spouse(s)  Adele Nimbursky (married 1938) 
Awards 

Scientific career  
Fields  Mathematics, Mathematical logic, Philosophy, Physics 
Institutions  Institute for Advanced Study 
Thesis  Über die Vollständigkeit des Logikkalküls (On the Completeness of the Calculus of Logic) (1929) 
Doctoral advisor  Hans Hahn 
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Kurt Friedrich Gödel (April 28, 1906 – January 14, 1978) was an AustroHungarianborn Austrian, and later American, logician, mathematician, and philosopher. Considered along with Aristotle and Gottlob Frege to be one of the most significant logicians in history, Gödel had an immense effect upon scientific and philosophical thinking in the 20th century, 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.
Gödel published his two incompleteness theorems in 1931 when he was 25 years old, one year after finishing his doctorate at the University of Vienna.
To prove this theorem, Gödel developed a technique now known as Gödel numbering, which codes formal expressions as natural numbers.
Later life and death
Later in his life, Gödel suffered periods of mental instability and illness. He had an obsessive fear of being poisoned; he would eat only food that his wife, Adele, prepared for him.
Late in 1977, she was hospitalized for six months and could no longer prepare her husband's food. In her absence, he refused to eat, eventually starving to death. He weighed 29 kilograms (65 lb) when he died.
His death certificate reported that he died of "malnutrition and inanition caused by personality disturbance" in Princeton Hospital on January 14, 1978. He was buried in Princeton Cemetery. Adele's death followed in 1981.
Legacy
The Kurt Gödel Society, founded in 1987, was named in his honor. It is an international organization for the promotion of research in the areas of logic, philosophy, and the history of mathematics. The University of Vienna hosts the Kurt Gödel Research Center for Mathematical Logic. The Association for Symbolic Logic has invited an annual Kurt Gödel lecturer each year since 1990.
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Plaque to Kurt Gödel  Vienna