Detlef Gromoll

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Detlef Gromoll
Born (1938-05-13)13 May 1938
Berlin, Germany
Died 31 May 2008(2008-05-31) (aged 70)
Stony Brook, New York, United States
Nationality German American
Fields Mathematics
Institutions SUNY Stony Brook
Alma mater University of Bonn
Doctoral advisor Friedrich Hirzebruch
Doctoral students Gabriel Paternain
Gerard Walschap
Guofang Wei
Known for Soul theorem, Splitting theorem and also as a coauthor of the book "Riemannsche Geometrie im Grossen".

Detlef Gromoll (13 May 1938 – 31 May 2008) was a mathematician who worked in Differential geometry.


Gromoll was born in Berlin in 1938, and was a classically trained violinist. After living and attending school in Rosdorf and graduating from high school in Bonn, he obtained his Ph.D. in mathematics at the University of Bonn in 1964. Following sojourns at several universities, he joined the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1969.

He married Suzan L. Lemay on 29 December 1971, and they had three children together: Hans Christian (also a mathematician), Stefan, a physicist & cofounder of Scientific Media, and Heidi, currently training to be a physician.

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