Helmut Röhrl

Helmut Röhrl or Rohrl[1] (born 22 March 1927 in Straubing, died 30 January 2014) was a German mathematician.

Besides complex analysis (including among other subjects the Riemann–Hilbert problem), he worked on algebra and category theory and totally convex spaces. In 1964 he edited the new edition of the classic textbook on function theory by Adolf Hurwitz and Richard Courant.

Röhrl received his doctorate in 1949 at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München under Robert König (and Oskar Perron)[2] with doctoral thesis Über Differentialsysteme, welche aus multiplikativen Klassen mit exponentiellen Singularitäten entspringen[3] and his habilitation in 1953 with habilitation thesis Abelsche Integrale auf Riemannschen Flächen endlichen Geschlechts. He was a docent in mathematics from 1949 to 1951 in Würzburg, from 1951 to 1953 in Munich, from 1953 to 1955 in Münster under Heinrich Behnke and from 1955 to 1958 again in Munich. In the academic year 1958–1959 he was at the University of Chicago, became in 1959 an associate professor and subsequently professor at the University of Minnesota and was from 1964 a professor at the University of California, San Diego.

In the academic 1962–1963 Röhrl was a visiting professor at Harvard University, in 1967–1968 at Princeton University, in 1972–1973 at the University of Munich, and at the University of Fribourg, the FernUniversität Hagen, the University of Göttingen, and the Technical University Munich, and in 1976 at the University of Nagoya.



  1. "Rohrl" is the entry in American Men and Women of Science, Thomson Gale 2004
  2. Helmut Röhrl at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  3. published in 3 parts, Mathematische Annalen, vol. 123, 1951, pp. 53–75; vol. 124, 1952, pp. 187–218; vol. 125, 1953, pp. 448–466

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