Otto Blumenthal

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Ludwig Otto Blumenthal
Born (1876-07-20)20 July 1876
Died 12 November 1944(1944-11-12) (aged 68)
Theresienstadt concentration camp
Alma mater Göttingen University
Thesis Über die Entwicklung einer willkürlichen Funktion nach den Nennern des Kettenbruches  (1898)
Doctoral advisor David Hilbert
Doctoral students Erich Breuer, Bruno Eck, Karl Gehlen, Ernst Münter, Fritz Wingerter
Known for Editor of Mathematische Annalen, 1906-1938
Spouse Mali Ebstein
Children Margrete (born 1911), Ernst (born 1914)

Ludwig Otto Blumenthal (20 July 1876 – 12 November 1944) was a German mathematician and professor at RWTH Aachen University.


He was born in Frankfurt, Prussia. A student of David Hilbert, Blumenthal was an editor of Mathematische Annalen.

Blumenthal, who was of Jewish background, emigrated from the Nazis to the Netherlands, lived in Utrecht and was deported via Westerbork to the concentration camp, Theresienstadt in Bohemia (now Czech Republic), where he died.

In 1913, Blumenthal made a fundamental, though often overlooked, contribution to aerodynamics by building on Joukowsky's work to extract the complex transformation that carries the latter's name [1],(making it an example of Stigler's Law.

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