Mathematician:Lars Valerian Ahlfors

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Finnish mathematician noted for his work in analysis.

Fields Medal

Lars Valerian Ahlfors was awarded a Fields Medal in $\text {1936}$ at the International Congress of Mathematicians in Oslo:

Awarded medal for research on covering surfaces related to Riemann surfaces of inverse functions of entire and meromorphic functions. Opened up new fields of analysis.

Wolf Prize

Lars Valerian Ahlfors was awarded a Wolf Prize for Mathematics in $\text {1981}$:

For seminal discoveries and the creation of powerful new methods in geometric function theory.




  • Born: 18 April 1907, Helsingfors, Finland, Russian Empire (now Helsinki, Finland)
  • Died: 11 Oct 1996, Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA

Theorems and Definitions

Results named for Lars Valerian Ahlfors can be found here.


  • 1937: Über die Blochsche Konstante (Math. Z. Vol. 42: pp. 671 – 673) (with Helmut Grunsky)
  • 1953: Contributions to the Theory of Riemann Surfaces: Annals of Mathematics Studies (ISBN 0-691-07939-0)