Early Years


The Mathematics Institute was founded in conjunction with the opening celebrations of the Hebrew University on April 1, 1925. Ground breaking for the Mathematics Institute was held one day prior, on March 31, 1925. 

The establishment of the Mathematics Institute was decided upon by the Board of Governors at its meeting at Münich in September 1925.

The task of founding the Institute was assigned to Prof. Edmund Landau, who until that time was a professor in the University of Göttingen, Germany.

Prof. Landau's work in founding the Institute was continued by Prof. Amira, Prof. Fekete, Prof. Fraenkel & Prof. Levitzki.

Photography by Alfred Bernheim
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The Hebrew University. Class in mathematics. Einstein Institute, 1932? / Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.


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