Stanisław Mazur

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Stanisław Mazur
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Stanisław Mazur in 1966
Born(1905-01-01)1 January 1905
Died5 November 1981(1981-11-05) (aged 76)
Scientific career
Doctoral advisorStefan Banach

Stanisław Mieczysław Mazur (1 January 1905, Lwów – 5 November 1981, Warsaw) was a Polish mathematician and a member of the Polish Academy of Sciences.

Mazur made important contributions to geometrical methods in linear and nonlinear functional analysis and to the study of Banach algebras. He was also interested in summability theory, infinite games and computable functions.

Lwów and Warsaw[]

Mazur awards a live goose to Per Enflo, who solved Mazur's 1936 problem in the Scottish book. The photograph comes from the book Pół wieku matematyki polskiej 1920-1970 ("Half a Century of Polish Mathematics 1920-1970").

Mazur was a student of Stefan Banach at University of Lwów. His doctorate, under Banach's supervision, was awarded in 1935.[1] Mazur, with Juliusz Schauder, was an Invited Speaker of the ICM in 1936 in Oslo.[2]

Mazur was a close collaborator with Banach at Lwów and was a member of the Lwów School of Mathematics, where he participated in the mathematical activities at the Scottish Café. On 6 November 1936, he posed the "basis problem" of determining whether every Banach space has a Schauder basis, with Mazur promising a "live goose" as a reward: Thirty-seven years later, a live goose was awarded by Mazur to Per Enflo in a ceremony that was broadcast throughout Poland.

From 1948 Mazur worked at the University of Warsaw.

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  1. ^ Stanisław Mazur at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  2. ^ Mazur, S.; Schauder, J. (1937). "Über ein Prinzip in der Variationsrechnung". Comptes rendus du Congrès international des mathématiciens: Oslo, 1936. vol. 2. p. 65. |volume= has extra text (help)

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