Edward Marczewski

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Edward Marczewski
Edward Marczewski in Lvov, 1930
Native name Edward Szpilrajn
Born (1907-11-15)15 November 1907
Warsaw, Congress Poland, Russian Empire
Died 17 October 1976(1976-10-17) (aged 68)
Wrocław, Poland
Nationality Polish
Fields Mathematics
Institutions University of Wrocław
Polish Academy of Sciences
Alma mater University of Warsaw
Thesis  (1932)
Doctoral advisor Wacław Sierpiński
Doctoral students
Known for Szpilrajn extension theorem
Marczewski function
Notable awards Gold Cross of Merit (1950)[1]

Edward Marczewski (15 November 1907 – 17 October 1976) was a Polish mathematician. He was born Szpilrajn but changed his name while hiding from Nazi persecution.[2]

Marczewski was a member of the Warsaw School of Mathematics. His life and work after the Second World War were connected with Wrocław, where he was among the creators of the Polish scientific centre.

Marczewski's main fields of interest were measure theory, descriptive set theory, general topology, probability theory and universal algebra. He also published papers on real and complex analysis, applied mathematics and mathematical logic.

Marczewski proved that the topological dimension, for arbitrary metrisable separable space X, coincides with the Hausdorff dimension under one of the metrics in X which induce the given topology of X (while otherwise the Hausdorff dimension is always greater or equal to the topological dimension).[3] This is a fundamental theorem of fractal theory. (Certain contributions to this development were also made by Samuel Eilenberg, see: Witold Hurewicz and Henry Wallman, Dimension Theory, 1941, Chapter VII.)


  1. ^ Monitor Polski, 1950, Nr A-85/poz. 1021
  2. ^ Hartman, Stanislaw et al.: preface to "Collected papers of Edward Marczewski," Institute of Mathematics of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw 1996 as quoted on [1]
  3. ^ Szpilrajn, E. (1937). "La dimension et la mesure". Fund. Math. 28: 81–89. 

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