David Hilbert is considered to be one of the most influential mathematicians of the 19th and 20th centuries. Read on to find out more about his childhood, career and timeline in this biography.

# David Hilbert

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Famous as: Mathematician

Nationality: German

Born on: 23 January 1862 AD Famous 23rd January Birthdays

Zodiac Sign: Aquarius Famous Aquarians

Born in: Königsberg or Wehlau, Province of Prussia (today Znamensk, Kaliningrad Oblast, Russia)

Died on: 14 February 1943 AD

place of death: Germany

father: Otto Hilbert

mother: Maria Therese Erdtmann

Spouse: Käthe Jerosch

education: University of Königsberg (1880 – 1885), Wilhelm Gymnasium (1879 – 1880), Friedrichskolleg Gymnasium (1872 – 1879)

Works & Achievements: Hilbert's work in geometry had the greatest impact after Euclid's prominent works. He is known for Hilbert's program, Hilbert's problems, Hilbert's axioms and Hilbert's basis theorem.

David Hilbert was the perfect example of a celebrated, established and meticulous mathematician. His works helped pave the path for modern mathematical research in the 20th century. He was the first to distinguish between mathematics and metamathematics. Regarded as one of the finest mathematicians of the twentieth century, David Hilbert left an indelible mark with his vast knowledge in different divisions of mathematics and was also the first to discover the invariant theory. His strong foothold in mathematics proved significant in areas ranging from number systems to geometry and extended mathematics to mathematical physics. Serving the role of a teacher and mentor, his works inspired young minds and encouraged brimming talent to take interest in this domain. David Hilbert discovered the invariant theory and studied a major spectrum of mathematics including axiomatization of geometry, formulation of Hilbert spaces and the foundations of functional analysis. Scroll down to know more about his career and life.

**Childhood And Early Life**

**Education**

**Career**

**Later Years**

**Personal Life**

**Contributions**

**Retirement And Death**

DAVID HILBERT TIMELINE

David Hilbert was born in Konigsberg.

Under the supervision of Ferdinand Lindemann, Hilbert completed his oral exam.

Discovered a foolproof solution to a complex mathematical problem.

He married his second cousin, KŠthe Jerosch.

He was offered the departmental head position at the University of Gottingen.

Received the prestigious Bolyai Prize and was also deemed the greatest mathematician after Poincare.

He was made to compulsorily retire from the university under the rules of Adolf Hitler.

Succumbed to health problems and constant depression on February 14.

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Anschauliche Geometrie (German Edition) [Paperback] [2011] 2. Aufl. 2011 Ed. David Hilbert, Stephan Cohn-Vossen

Biography - Hilbert, David (1862-1943): An article from: Contemporary Authors

David Hilbert and the Axiomatization of Physics (1898-1918): From Grundlagen der Geometrie to Grundlagen der Physik (Archimedes)