Ennio de Giorgi

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Ennio De Giorgi
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Born (1928-02-08)8 February 1928
Lecce, Italy
Died 25 October 1996(1996-10-25) (aged 68)
Pisa, Italy
Nationality Italian
Fields Calculus of variations, Partial differential equations
Institutions University of Pisa
Alma mater Sapienza University of Rome
Doctoral advisor Mauro Picone
Doctoral students Luigi Ambrosio
Andréa Braides
Gianni Dal Maso
Known for theory of Caccioppoli sets, solution of 19th Hilbert problem, existence and regularity theorem for minimal surfaces
Notable awards Caccioppoli Prize (1960)
Wolf Prize (1990)

Ennio De Giorgi (8 February 1928 – 25 October 1996) was an Italian mathematician, member of the House of Giorgi, who worked on partial differential equations and the foundations of mathematics.

Mathematical work[edit]

He solved Bernstein's problem about minimal surfaces.

He solved the 19th Hilbert problem on the regularity of solutions of elliptic partial differential equations.


  • "If you can't prove your theorem, keep shifting parts of the conclusion to the assumptions, until you can" [1]

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See also[edit]


  1. ^ Piero D'Ancona (mathoverflow.net/users/7294), Should one attack hard problems?, http://mathoverflow.net/questions/124210 (version: 2013-03-11)


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