Lars Gårding

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Lars Gårding
Born (1919-03-07)7 March 1919
Hedemora, Sweden
Died 7 July 2014(2014-07-07) (aged 95)
Nationality Swedish
Alma mater Lund University
Known for Work on partial differential equations
Gårding–Wightman axioms[1]
Gårding domain
Gårding's inequality
Petrovsky lacuna
Awards Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences (1953)
Scientific career
Fields Mathematics
Institutions Lund University
Doctoral students Lars Hörmander

Lars Gårding (7 March 1919 – 7 July 2014)[2] was a Swedish mathematician. He has made notable contributions to the study of partial differential equations and partial differential operators. He was a professor of mathematics at Lund University in Sweden 1952–1984. Together with Marcel Riesz, he was a thesis advisor for Lars Hörmander.


Gårding was born in Hedemora, Sweden but grew up in Motala, where his father was an engineer at the plant. He began to study mathematics in Lund in 1937 with the first intention of becoming an actuary.

His doctorate thesis was first on group representations in 1944, but in the following years he changed his research focus to the theory of partial differential equations. He hold the professorship of mathematics at Lund University in 1952 until retirement in 1984.

His interest was not limited to mathematics, and also in art, literature and music. He played the violin and the piano. Further, he published a book on bird songs and calls in 1987, a result of his interest in bird watching.

Gårding was elected a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in 1953.

Gårding died on 7 July 2014, aged 95.

Selected works[edit]

  • 1977. Encounter with Mathematics, 1st Edition.
  • 2013. Encounter with Mathematics, softcover reprint of the 1st 1977 edition. Springer


  1. ^ "Hilbert's sixth problem.". Encyclopedia of Mathematics. Retrieved 14 July 2014. )
  2. ^ "Lars Gårding - Sydsvenskan". Retrieved 2014-07-28. 

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