Alfred Tauber

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Not to be confused with the medicine and philosophy professor Alfred I. Tauber (born 1947).
Alfred Tauber
Born (1866-11-05)November 5, 1866
Pressburg, Austrian Empire (today Bratislava, Slovakia)
Died July 26, 1942(1942-07-26) (aged 75)
Theresienstadt concentration camp
Nationality Austrian
Fields Mathematics
Alma mater University of Vienna
  • Über einige Sätze der Gruppentheorie (1889)
  • Über den Zusammenhang des reellen und imaginären Teiles einer Potenzreihe (1891)
Doctoral advisor
Known for Abelian and tauberian theorems

Alfred Tauber (November 5, 1866 – July 26, 1942) was an Austrian mathematician who was born in Bratislava, then in Kingdom of Hungary and called Pozsony, and was murdered in the Theresienstadt concentration camp.


He began studying mathematics at Vienna University in 1884, obtained his Ph.D. in 1889 (or 1888),[1] and his habilitation in 1891. Starting in 1892, he was chief mathematician of the Phönix insurance company, until he became an a.o. professor at Vienna University in 1908; already since 1901 he had been honorary professor at TH Vienna and director of its insurance mathematics professorship. In 1933 he was awarded the Grand Decoration of Honour in Silver for Services to the Republic of Austria, and retired, but still gave lectures until in 1938 he was forced to renounce. On 28–29 June 1942 he was deported with transport IV/2, č. 621 to Theresienstadt, where he was murdered on 26 July 1942.[1][2][3][4][5]


In 1897 he proved a corrected converse of Abel's theorem. G.H. Hardy and J.E. Littlewood coined the term Tauberian to describe converse theorems like that proved by Tauber. Pinl (1974) lists 35 publications in a bibliography appended to his obituary.[4]


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  1. ^ a b Alfred Tauber at
  2. ^ Alfred Tauber's record in the Victims Database at
  3. ^ Gerd Fischer and Friedrich Hirzebruch and Winfried Scharlau and Willi Törnig, ed. (1990). Ein Jahrhundert Mathematik 1890 - 1990: Festschrift zum Jubiläum der DMV. Springer.  Here: p.812, footnote 14
  4. ^ a b Maximilian Pinl (1974). "Kollegen in einer dunklen Zeit (Schluß)" (PDF). Jahresbericht der Deutschen Mathematiker-Vereinigung (in German) 75: 202–203. 
  5. ^ The death date is given in line 678 of his VIAF record.