# Hermann Minkowski

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**Hermann Minkowski** (/mɪŋˈkɔːfski, -ˈkɒf-/;[2] German: [mɪŋˈkɔfski]; 22 June 1864 – 12 January 1909) was a German mathematician and professor at Königsberg, Zürich and Göttingen. He created and developed the geometry of numbers and used geometrical methods to solve problems in number theory, mathematical physics, and the theory of relativity.

German mathematician and physicist (1864–1909)

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Hermann Minkowski | |
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Born | (1864-06-22)22 June 1864 |

Died | 12 January 1909(1909-01-12) (aged 44) |

Citizenship | Russian Empire[1] or Germany |

Alma mater | Albertina University of Königsberg |

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Spouse | Auguste Adler |

Children | 2 |

Scientific career | |

Fields | Mathematics, physics, philosophy |

Institutions | University of Göttingen and ETH Zurich |

Doctoral advisor | Ferdinand von Lindemann |

Doctoral students | Constantin Carathéodory Louis Kollros Dénes Kőnig |

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Special relativity |
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Minkowski is perhaps best known for his foundational work describing space and time as a four-dimensional space, now known as "Minkowski spacetime", which facilitated geometric interpretations of Albert Einstein's special theory of relativity (1905).

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