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Alfred Tarski

scientist , educator.

Alfred Tarski, Polish scientist, educator. Member National Academy Sciences, American Mathematics Society (past council), Association Symbolic Logic (past president), Royal Netherland Academy Sciences and Letters, British Academy, Dutch Mathematics Society (honorary).

Background

Tarski, Alfred was born on January 14, 1902 in Warsaw, Poland. Son of Ignacy and Rose (Prussak) Tarski.

Education

Doctor of Philosophy, University Warsaw, 1924. Honorary Doctor of Science, Universad Catolica de Chile, 1975.

Career

Came to the United States, 1939, naturalized, 1945. Instructor, Polish Pedagogical Institute, 1922-1925. Docent adjoint professor of University Warsaw, 1925-1939.

Professor Zeromski Lycee, Warsaw, 1925-1939. Research associate Harvard, 1939-1941. Member Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, New Jersey, 1941-1942.

Lecturer University of California at Berkeley, 1942-1945, associate professor, 1945-1946, professor mathematics, 1946-1968, research professor, 1958-1960, professor, 1968-1973. Visiting professor College City New York, 1940, National U. Mexico, 1957, Universidad Catolica de Chile, 1974-1975. Flint professor philosophy, University of California, Los Angeles, 1967.

Works

  • Author: (with Z. Chwialkowski, W. Schayer) Geometrja (Polish), 1935. Introduction to Logic (Polish), 1936, (English translation), 1941. Pojecie prawdy w jezykach nauk dedukeyinych (Polish), 1933.

    (with B. Jonsson) Direct Decomposition of Finite Algebraic Systems, 1947. A Decision Method for Elementary Algebra and Geometry, 1948. Cardinal Algebras, 1949.

    (with A. Mostowski, R.M. Robinson) Undecidable Theories, 1953. Ordinal Algebras, 1956. Logic, Semantics, Metamathematics, 1956.

    The Axiomatic Method with Special Reference to Geometry and Physics (editor with L. Henkin, P. Suppes), 1959. Logic, Methodology and Philosophy of Science (editor with E. Nagel, P. Suppes), 1962. The Theory of Models (editor with J.W. Addison, L. Henkin), 1965.

    The Completeness of Elementary Algebra and Geometry, 1967. (with L. Henkin, Juris Doctor Monk) Cylindrie Algebras, part I, 1971. La concepción semántica de la verdad y los fundamentos de la semántica, 1972.

    Honorary editor Journal Algebra Universalis.

Membership

Member National Academy Sciences, American Mathematics Society (past council), Association Symbolic Logic (past president), Royal Netherland Academy Sciences and Letters, British Academy, Dutch Mathematics Society (honorary).

Connections

Married Maria Josephine Witkowski, June 24, 1929. Children: Jan Andrew, Eva Kristina Ehrenfeucht.

father:
Ignacy Tarski

mother:
Rose (Prussak) Tarski

spouse:
Maria Josephine Witkowski

children:
Jan Andrew Tarski

Eva Kristina Ehrenfeucht Tarski