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Bronowski, Jacob (1908–1974), mathematician, poet, and humanist, was born on 18 January 1908 in Łódź, Poland, the first of the three children of Abram Bronowski, haberdasher, and his wife, Celia Flatto. During the First World War the family lived in Germany, and in 1920 they moved to ...

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Erdélyi [formerly Diamand], Arthur (1908–1977), mathematician, was born on 2 October 1908 in Budapest, the eldest of the five children (three sons and two daughters) of Ignác József Ármin Diamand, a shoe merchant, and his wife, Frederike (Frieda) Roth. After his father's death his mother married ...

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Mahler, Kurt (1903–1988), mathematician, was born on 26 July 1903 in Krefeld in the Prussian Rhineland, with his twin sister, Hilde (d. 1934), the youngest of the eight children of Hermann Mahler (1855–1941) and his wife, Henriette, née Stern (1860–1942). Both parents were from the Jewish community; his father, a printer, owned a small business. The four oldest children died before ...

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Rado, Richard (1906–1989), mathematician, was born on 28 April 1906 in Berlin, the second son of Leopold Rado from Budapest. He studied at the University of Berlin, and also spent some time in Göttingen. He took a DPh at Berlin with a thesis described as a '...

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Sylvester, James Joseph (1814–1897), mathematician, was born on 3 September 1814 in London, the youngest son of five sons and four daughters of Abraham Joseph, merchant. Two of his older brothers emigrated to the United States and adopted the surname Sylvester, a convention which he and at least one other brother followed. Between the ages of six and twelve he studied at the boarding-school run by ...