Past Faculty

# Kurt Gödel

School of Mathematics

Affiliation

Mathematics

The foremost mathematical logician of the twentieth century, Kurt Gödel was associated with the Institute for Advanced Study from his first visit in the academic year 1933–34, until his death in 1978. He was Professor in the School of Mathematics from 1953 until 1976, when he became Professor Emeritus. Among Gödel’s most famous results are his Incompleteness Theorems, which show that in any consistent axiomatic mathematical system there are propositions that cannot be proved or disproved within the system and that the consistency of the axioms themselves cannot be proved. Additionally, Gödel published proofs of the relative consistency of the axiom of choice and the generalized continuum hypothesis (1938, 1940), which strongly influenced the (later) discovery that a computer can never be programmed to answer all mathematical questions.

Dates at IAS

*Emeritus:*
* Mathematics*

*Faculty:*
* Mathematics*

*Member:*
* Mathematics*

*Member:*
* Mathematics*

*Member:*
* Mathematics*

*Member:*
* Mathematics*

Degrees

University of Vienna

*Ph.D.,**1930*Honors

Rockefeller Univ 1972

Amherst Coll 1967

HonDSc: Harvard Univ 1952

AMS Gibbs Lect 1951

Einstein Award 1951

HonDLitt Yale Univ 1951

Am Philos Soc

Assoc for Symbolic Logic

Corr Member, Inst de France

For Member Royal Soc of Britain

London Math Soc

NAS

Natl Medal of Sci 1974 Memberships: AMS