Albrecht Dold studied mathematics and physics at the University of Heidelberg, then worked for some years at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, at Columbia University, New York and at the University of Zürich.
In 1963 he returned to Heidelberg, where he stayed most of his career. Dold"s seminal work in algebraic topology, in particular, his work on fixed-point theory has made him known in economics as well as mathematics, and his book "Lectures on Algebraic Topology" is a standard reference among economists as well as mathematicians. He had 19 students and 58 descendants and he was himself a student of Herbert Seifert.
Dold was married to Yvonne Dold-Samplonius, a distinguished historian of mathematics.
Member Deutsche Mathematics Verein (president 1984-1985), International Mathematics Union (vice president 1995-1998), American Mathematics Society, Society Mathematics de France, schweizerische Mathematische Gesellschaft, Heidelberg Academy Wisconsin (vice president 1991-1995), Deutsche Akademie Wissenschaften Leopoldina, Mexican Academy of Sciences.
Married Yvonne Samplonius, March 1, 1965.