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  • Overview

    Call Number: SC0104
    Creator: Charles Loewner
    Title: Charles Loewner papers
    Dates: 1919-1990
    Physical Description: 4.5 Linear feet
    Physical Description:
    Summary: Professional records include lecture notes, course material, manuscripts, research notes, writings; personal papers include academic records, correspondence, clippings, photographs, and publishing contracts created and maintained by Charles Loewner, a world-renowned mathematician and Professor Emeritus at Stanford University from 1951-1968.
    Language(s): The materials are in English.
    Repository: Department of Special Collections and University Archives
    Green Library
    557 Escondido Mall
    Stanford, CA 94305-6064
    Email: specialcollections@stanford.edu
    Phone: (650) 725-1022
    URL: http://library.stanford.edu/spc

    Administrative Information


    Administrative transfer, Mathematics Library, 1972; Gift of Marian Tracy, 2007.

    Information about Access

    Collection is open for research; materials must be requested at least 24 hours in advance of intended use.

    Ownership & Copyright

    Property rights reside with the repository. Literary rights reside with the creators of the documents or their heirs. To obtain permission to publish or reproduce, please contact the Public Services Librarian of the Dept. of Special Collections.

    Cite As

    [Identification of item], Charles Loewner papers, SC 104. Stanford University Archives, Stanford, Calif.

    Biography / Administrative History

    Professor Emeritus Charles Loewner was born on May 29, 1893, in the village of Lany, near Prague, which was at the time the capital of Bohemia. Loewner received his Ph.D. in Mathematics at the Prague University. From 1922-1928 he taught at Friedrich Wilhelm University in Berlin. Following a brief lectureship at Cologne, he was appointed to a chair in Mathematics at the German Charles University in Prague. The occupation of Czechoslovakia in 1939 prompted his emigration to the United States. He taught at Louisville, Brown, and Syracuse University prior to his appointment in 1951 as Professor of Mathematics at Stanford University, where he specialized in complex analysis and differential geometry. Loewner remained at Stanford University until his death in 1968.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The first seven boxes of this collection consist largely of Loewner's lectures notes, 1923-1956, with some exams and class projects; manuscripts and typescripts of articles, 1919-62, including his 1933 thesis; and research notes and writings. Subjects of his writings and research include differential equations, matrices, and semigroups. Other items include several articles by other mathematicians on Loewner's work, note cards, and a small amount of correspondence.
    Accession 2007-257 consists of Loewner's personal papers, which are comprised of correspondence pertaining to his emigration to the United States during World War II, his wartime employment search, and attempts to determine the whereabouts of his family remaining in Europe. This accession also contains Loewner's personal academic records, and correspondence to and from colleagues at the many academic institutions where Loewner taught including the University of Louisville, Brown University, Syracuse University, and Stanford University. Other items include photographs, publishing contracts, memorial tributes to Loewner and his wife Elizabeth, and news clippings about the Loewner family.

    Access Terms

    Loewner, Charles, 1893-1968.
    Stanford University. Department of Mathematics. Faculty.
    Differential equations.
    Mathematics--Study and teaching.