Otto Hölder

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Otto Ludwig Hölder
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Otto Hölder
Born(1859-12-22)22 December 1859
Died29 August 1937(1937-08-29) (aged 77)
Known forHölder's inequality
Hölder mean
Scientific career
Doctoral advisorPaul du Bois-Reymond
Doctoral studentsEmil Artin
David Gilbarg
William Threlfall
Hermann Vermeil

Otto Ludwig Hölder (December 22, 1859 – August 29, 1937) was a German mathematician born in Stuttgart.

Hölder first studied at the Polytechnikum (which today is the University of Stuttgart) and then in 1877 went to Berlin where he was a student of Leopold Kronecker, Karl Weierstrass, and Ernst Kummer.

He is noted for many theorems including: Hölder's inequality, the Jordan–Hölder theorem, the theorem stating that every linearly ordered group that satisfies an Archimedean property is isomorphic to a subgroup of the additive group of real numbers, the classification of simple groups of order up to 200, the anomalous outer automorphisms of the symmetric group S6, and Hölder's theorem, which implies that the Gamma function satisfies no algebraic differential equation. Another idea related to his name is the Hölder condition (or Hölder continuity) which is used in many areas of analysis, including the theories of partial differential equations and function spaces.

In 1877, he entered the University of Berlin and took his doctorate from the University of Tübingen in 1882. The title of his doctoral thesis was "Beiträge zur Potentialtheorie" ("Contributions to potential theory"). He worked at the University of Leipzig from 1899 until his retirement.

In 1933 Hölder signed the Vow of allegiance of the Professors of the German Universities and High-Schools to Adolf Hitler and the National Socialistic State.

See also[edit]


  • O'Connor, John J.; Robertson, Edmund F., "Otto Hölder", MacTutor History of Mathematics archive, University of St Andrews.
  • Otto Hölder at the Mathematics Genealogy Project