Papers of Alfred Tarski (1902-1983), renowned professor of mathematics and logic at the University of California, Berkeley.
Alfred Tarski (1901-1983) was professor of mathematics and logic at the University of California, Berkeley. He was born Alfred
Teitelbaum in Warsaw, Poland in 1901 to Polish-Jewish parents and educated at Warsaw University. In 1923, he changed his surname
from Teitelbaum to Tarski and, around the same time, converted to Catholicism. After completing his doctorate, Tarski taught
logic and mathematics and served as the assistant to his former doctoral advisor Stanislaw Lesniewski. During the 1920s and
1930s, Tarski published textbooks and many important papers in mathematics, but he never obtained a professorhip in Poland.
In August of 1939 (just a month before the German and Soviet invasions of Poland), Tarski came to the United States to give
a series of lectures under the sponsorship of the Unity of Science movement. He remained in the United States as a refugee
and would not be joined by his wife and children until after the war in 1946. Many of the members of Tarski's extended family
were killed in the Holocaust.
12 cartons, 2 boxes and 1 oversize folder
15.8 linear feet
13 digital objects (18 images)
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