Josef Lense

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Josef Lense (born October 28, 1890 in Vienna , † December 28, 1985 in Munich ) was an Austrian mathematician .

Lense received his doctorate in astronomy in 1914 under Samuel Oppenheim at the University of Vienna . In 1918, together with Hans Thirring , he postulated the Lense-Thirring effect of the general theory of relativity, named after them . This achievement earned him a worldwide reputation, especially among physicists.

From 1927 to 1928 he was an associate professor and from 1928 to 1946 a full professor of applied mathematics at the Technical University, later Technical University of Munich . From 1946 to 1961, after Georg Faber's retirement, he was director of the Mathematical Institute there. Since 1948 he was a full member of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences .

As a mathematician, he dealt with special functions for spherical functions and differential geometry in the complex. He not only taught mathematicians at the Technical University of Munich, but also numerous engineers and scientists in advanced mathematics.

His doctoral students include Roland Bulirsch and Hanfried Lenz .


  • Lectures on advanced mathematics . Leibniz-Verlag 1948 and other editions.
  • On the nature of mathematics and its foundations . Leibniz-Verlag 1949.
  • Spherical functions . Geest and Portig 1954.
  • Series developments in mathematical physics . Verlag de Gruyter 1947, additional edition 1953.
  • Analytical projective geometry . 1965.
  • Basic concepts of analysis, ordinary differential equations, function theory , partial differential equations , elliptic functions and integrals , in Siegfried Flügge (editor): Handbuch für Physik / Encyclopedia of Physics Mathematical Methods , Volume 1, Springer Verlag 1956 (and already in the Handbuch der Physik 1928)

Web links

Peter Vachenauer: Josef Lense 1890-1985 Technical University of Munich, Faculty of Mathematics

Individual evidence

  1. Josef Lense in the Mathematics Genealogy Project (English)Template: MathGenealogyProject / Maintenance / id used
  2. Lense, Thirring On the Influence of the Self-Rotation of the Central Bodies on the Movement of Planets and Moons according to Einstein's Theory of Gravitation , Physikalische Zeitschrift, Volume 19, 1918, pp. 156–163
  3. ^ Josef Lense obituary at the Bavarian Academy of Sciences (PDF file).