# Mathematician:Mathematicians/Sorted By Nation/Poland

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*The army of those who have made at least one definite contribution to mathematics as we know it soon becomes a mob as we look back over history; 6,000 or 8,000 names press forward for some word from us to preserve them from oblivion, and once the bolder leaders have been recognised it becomes largely a matter of arbitrary, illogical legislation to judge who of the clamouring multitude shall be permitted to survive and who be condemned to be forgotten.*- -- Eric Temple Bell:
*Men of Mathematics*, 1937, Victor Gollancz, London

- -- Eric Temple Bell:

## Contents

- 1 Poland
- 1.1 Nicolaus Copernicus (1473 – 1543)
- 1.2 Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit (1686 – 1736)
- 1.3 Józef Maria Hoene-Wroński (1776 – 1853)
- 1.4 Franz Mertens (1840 – 1927)
- 1.5 Jan Łukasiewicz (1878 – 1956)
- 1.6 Wacław Franciszek Sierpiński (1882 – 1969)
- 1.7 Władysław Hugo Dionizy Steinhaus (1887 – 1972)
- 1.8 Zygmunt Janiszewski (1888 – 1920)
- 1.9 Stefan Mazurkiewicz (1888 – 1945)
- 1.10 Stefan Banach (1892 – 1945)
- 1.11 Arnold Walfisz (1892 – 1962)
- 1.12 Bronisław Knaster (1893 – 1980)
- 1.13 Jerzy Neyman (1894 – 1981)
- 1.14 Kazimierz Kuratowski (1896 – 1980)
- 1.15 Emil Leon Post (1897 – 1954)
- 1.16 Stanisław Saks (1897 – 1942)
- 1.17 Szolem Mandelbrojt (1899 – 1983)
- 1.18 Antoni Szczepan Zygmund (1900 – 1992)
- 1.19 Salomon Lubelski (1902 – c. 1941)
- 1.20 Alfred Tarski (1902 – 1983)
- 1.21 Edward Marczewski (1907 – 1976)
- 1.22 Stanisław Marcin Ulam (1909 – 1984)
- 1.23 Samuel Eilenberg (1913 – 1998)
- 1.24 Andrzej Mostowski (1913 – 1975)
- 1.25 Jerzy Maria Michał Łoś (1920 – 1998)
- 1.26 Israel Nathan Herstein (1923 – 1988)
- 1.27 Stanisław Świerczkowski (1932 – 2015)
- 1.28 Ryszard Engelking (b. 1935 )
- 1.29 Władysław Narkiewicz (b.1936 )
- 1.30 Andrew Michael Odlyzko (b. 1949 )

## Poland

##### Nicolaus Copernicus (1473 – 1543)

Polish mathematician and astronomer who modelled the universe with the Sun at the center, not the Earth.

His book *De Revolutionibus Orbium Coelestium* (On the Revolutions of the Celestial Spheres) sparked a revolution in scientific thought.
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##### Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit (1686 – 1736)

Dutch-German-Polish physicist, engineer, and glass blower.

Best known for inventing the mercury-in-glass thermometer.

Developed the Fahrenheit temperature scale.
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##### Józef Maria Hoene-Wroński (1776 – 1853)

Polish Messianist philosopher, mathematician, physicist, inventor, lawyer, and economist.

Best known for his definition of the Wronskian.
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##### Franz Mertens (1840 – 1927)

Polish mathematician known for his work in analytic number theory.
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##### Jan Łukasiewicz (1878 – 1956)

Polish philosopher who contributed significantly to logic.

Most famous for his innovation Polish notation, a technique which allows one to write expressions without the need for parentheses.
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##### Wacław Franciszek Sierpiński (1882 – 1969)

Polish mathematician who made considerable contributions to the fields of set theory, number theory and topology, among others.

Most famous for the Sierpiński triangle.
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##### Władysław Hugo Dionizy Steinhaus (1887 – 1972)

Polish mathematician and educator who gave a notable contribution to functional analysis through the Banach-Steinhaus Theorem.
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##### Zygmunt Janiszewski (1888 – 1920)

Polish mathematician whose work was mainly in topology.

Co-founded the journal *Fundamenta Mathematicae* but died of influenza before its first issue.
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##### Stefan Mazurkiewicz (1888 – 1945)

Polish mathematician who worked in mathematical analysis, topology and probability.
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##### Stefan Banach (1892 – 1945)

Polish mathematician who founded the modern field of functional analysis.

Most famous for his collaborative paper with Alfred Tarski in 1924, in which the Banach-Tarski Paradox was raised. This demonstrated that a contra-intuitive truth could be deduced from the ZFC axioms of set theory, specifically, by assuming the truth of the Axiom of Choice. Impassioned controversy rages to this day.
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##### Arnold Walfisz (1892 – 1962)

Polish mathematician who worked in analytic number theory.

Founded the mathematical journal *Acta Arithmetica* with Salomon Lubelski.
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##### Bronisław Knaster (1893 – 1980)

Polish mathematician best known for his discovery, in 1922, of the so-called hereditarily indecomposable continuum, otherwise known as the pseudo-arc, and the Knaster continuum, otherwise known as the buckethandle continuum.
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##### Jerzy Neyman (1894 – 1981)

Polish mathematician and statistician who first introduced the modern concept of a confidence interval into statistical hypothesis testing.

Co-revised Ronald Aylmer Fisher's null hypothesis testing (in collaboration with Egon Sharpe Pearson).
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##### Kazimierz Kuratowski (1896 – 1980)

Polish mathematician whose work was mainly in topology and metric spaces.

Pioneered, with Alfred Tarski and Wacław Franciszek Sierpiński, the theory of Polish spaces.
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##### Emil Leon Post (1897 – 1954)

Polish-born American mathematician and logician.

Best known for his work in the field of computability theory.
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##### Stanisław Saks (1897 – 1942)

Polish mathematician and university tutor, known primarily for an extensive monograph on the theory of integrals and his works on measure theory.
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##### Szolem Mandelbrojt (1899 – 1983)

Polish-French mathematician who specialized in mathematical analysis.

Co-founder of the Bourbaki group in $1934$.
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##### Antoni Szczepan Zygmund (1900 – 1992)

Polish-born American mathematician famous for his work on trigonometrical series.
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##### Salomon Lubelski (1902 – c. 1941)

Polish mathematician who mainly workked in number theory.

Best known for being the founder of *Acta Arithmetica* with Arnold Walfisz.
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##### Alfred Tarski (1902 – 1983)

Polish mathematician who worked in several fields of mathematics, in particular logic.

Most famous for the Banach-Tarski Paradox (with Stefan Banach) in $1924$.
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##### Edward Marczewski (1907 – 1976)

Polish mathematician who worked in mainly in the fields of measure theory, descriptive set theory, general topology, probability theory and universal algebra.
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##### Stanisław Marcin Ulam (1909 – 1984)

Polish-American mathematician who participated in America's Manhattan Project.

Originated the Teller-Ulam design of thermonuclear weapons.

Invented the Monte Carlo method of computation.

Suggested the concept of nuclear pulse propulsion.

Also worked in the fields of both pure and applied mathematics.
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##### Samuel Eilenberg (1913 – 1998)

Polish-born American mathematician whose main field of activity were homology theory and category theory.
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##### Andrzej Mostowski (1913 – 1975)

Polish mathematician, best known for the Mostowski Collapse Lemma.
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##### Jerzy Maria Michał Łoś (1920 – 1998)

Polish mathematician, best known for his work on ultraproducts, in particular for Łoś's Theorem.
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##### Israel Nathan Herstein (1923 – 1988)

Polish-born mathematician who worked on a variety of areas of algebra, including ring theory.
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##### Stanisław Świerczkowski (1932 – 2015)

Polish mathematician famous for his solutions to two problems posed by Hugo Steinhaus: the Three-Gap Theorem and the Non-Tetratorus Theorem.
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##### Ryszard Engelking (b. 1935 )

Polish mathematician, working mainly on general topology and dimension theory.
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##### Władysław Narkiewicz (b.1936 )

Polish mathematician known for his work in algebraic number theory, algebra and mathematical history.
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##### Andrew Michael Odlyzko (b. 1949 )

Polish-American mathematician who has published extensively on analytic number theory, computational number theory, cryptography, algorithms and computational complexity, combinatorics, probability, and error-correcting codes..

Disproved the Mertens Conjecture, with Hermanus Johannes Joseph te Riele.
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