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Andrzej Mostowski
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Born (1913-11-01)1 November 1913
"Lemberg, "Austria-Hungary
Died 22 August 1975(1975-08-22) (aged 61)
"Vancouver, "British Columbia, "Canada
Nationality "Poland
Alma mater "University of Warsaw
Known for "Arithmetical hierarchy
Scientific career
Fields "Mathematics
Institutions "University of Warsaw
"Doctoral advisor "Kazimierz Kuratowski
"Alfred Tarski
Doctoral students "Andrzej Ehrenfeucht
"Moshé Machover
"Helena Rasiowa
"Roman Sikorski

Andrzej Mostowski (1 November 1913 – 22 August 1975) was a "Polish "mathematician. He is perhaps best remembered for the "Mostowski collapse lemma.



Born in "Lemberg, "Austria-Hungary, Mostowski entered "University of Warsaw in 1931. He was influenced by "Kuratowski, "Lindenbaum, and "Tarski. His Ph.D. came in 1939, officially directed by "Kuratowski but in practice directed by "Tarski who was a young lecturer at that time.

He became an accountant after the German "invasion of Poland but continued working in the "Underground Warsaw University. After the "Warsaw uprising of 1944, the "Nazis tried to put him in a concentration camp. With the help of some Polish nurses, he escaped to a hospital, choosing to take bread with him rather than his notebook containing his research. Some of this research he reconstructed after the War, however much of it remained lost.

His work was largely on "recursion theory and "undecidability. From 1946 until his death in "Vancouver, British Columbia, "Canada, he worked at the "University of Warsaw. Much of his work, during that time, was on first order "logic and "model theory.

His son Tadeusz is also a mathematician working on "differential geometry.[1] With Krzysztof Kurdyka and Adam Parusinski, Tadeusz Mostowski solved "René Thom's "gradient conjecture in 2000.

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  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-06-13. Retrieved 2010-02-23. 


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