Erhard Schmidt (courtesy MFO)
13 January 1876|
Tartu, Governorate of Livonia (now Estonia)
|Died||6 December 1959
|Alma mater||Georg-August University of Göttingen|
|Doctoral advisor||David Hilbert|
|Doctoral students||Salomon Bochner
Schmidt was born in Tartu (German: Dorpat), in the Governorate of Livonia (now Estonia). His advisor was David Hilbert and he was awarded his doctorate from Georg-August University of Göttingen in 1905. His doctoral dissertation was entitled Entwickelung willkürlicher Funktionen nach Systemen vorgeschriebener and was a work on integral equations. Together with David Hilbert he made important contributions to functional analysis.
During World War II Schmidt held positions of authority at the University of Berlin and had to carry out various Nazi resolutions against the Jews—a job that he apparently did not do well, since he was criticized at one point for not understanding the "Jewish question." At the celebration of Schmidt's 75th birthday in 1951 a prominent Jewish mathematician, Hans Freudenthal, who had survived the Nazi years, spoke of the difficulties that Schmidt faced during that period without criticism.
- Gram–Schmidt process
- Hilbert–Schmidt operator
- Lyapunov–Schmidt reduction
- Schmidt decomposition
- Hilbert–Schmidt integral operator
- List of Baltic German scientists
- O'Connor, John J.; Robertson, Edmund F., "Erhard Schmidt", MacTutor History of Mathematics archive, University of St Andrews.
- Erhard Schmidt at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
- Diestel, Joseph; Jarchow, Hans; Tonge, Andrew (1995). Absolutely summing operators. Cambridge University Press. pp. 90–91. ISBN 0-521-43168-9.