Witold Hurewicz

Witold Hurewicz

Polish and American mathematician.
Date of Birth: 29.06.1904
Country: Poland

  1. Biography of Vitold Gurevich
  2. Education and Early Career
  3. Move to the United States
  4. Contributions to Mathematics
  5. Tragic Death

Biography of Vitold Gurevich

Vitold Gurevich was a Polish and American mathematician who was born in a Jewish family on the territory of Tsarist Russia. During the First World War, when Warsaw came under German control, the University of Warsaw became a Polish university, attracting Polish scientists from all over the country. It became a significant scientific center for that time.

Education and Early Career

Gurevich studied at the University of Warsaw, where he became acquainted with the foundations of a new branch of mathematics at the time - topology. After graduating from the university, Gurevich continued his education in Vienna under the supervision of renowned scientists, G. Hahn and K. Menger. He defended his dissertation in 1926 and received a Rockefeller scholarship, which allowed him to travel to Amsterdam. There, he worked as an assistant to the distinguished topologist Brouwer from 1928 to 1936.

Move to the United States

After his time in Amsterdam, Gurevich spent a year at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey. With the threat of war and fascism, he decided to stay in the United States.

Contributions to Mathematics

Gurevich's main works were in the field of general topology (dimension theory) and algebraic topology. He introduced the concept of higher homotopy groups in homotopy theory and the concept of exact sequences in homological algebra. He also made significant contributions to applied mathematics, particularly in the study of servo mechanisms.

Tragic Death

Unfortunately, Gurevich's life came to a tragic end. He died in a senseless accident, falling from a Mayan pyramid in Mexico while attending a topology symposium.