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Karl Menger

Faculty 1946-1971, Doctorate 1983

Karl MengerKarl Menger is regarded as one of the great mathematicians of the twentieth century, having made significant contributions to dimension theory, geometry, probability, and other fields. After Hitler’s rise to power in the 1930s, Menger left his home in Austria-Hungary and sought refuge in the United States. Following a professorship at the University of Notre Dame, he joined IIT as a professor of mathematics in 1946 and remained on faculty until 1971. Perhaps most notable among his accomplishments is his creation of the three-dimensional “Menger sponge.”

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