Rudolf Fritsch (mathematician)

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Fritz Rudolf Fritsch (born September 30, 1939 in Johannisburg , East Prussia ; † June 12, 2018 in Graefelfing ) was a German mathematician and maths didactic.


After graduating from the Carolinum in Ansbach, Fritsch studied mathematics and physics in Munich and Saarbrücken . He received his doctorate in 1968 from the University of Saarbrücken with Dieter Doll (subdivision of semisimplicial quantities) and completed his habilitation in 1973 at the University of Konstanz .

From 1981 until his retirement in 2004 he held the chair for didactics of mathematics at the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich .

During his studies he became a member of the Munich fraternity Arminia-Rhenania and the Ghibellinia fraternity in Prague in Saarbrücken. He was also a co-founder of the Rheno-Alemannia fraternity in Constance.

Fritsch dealt with topology , geometry and mathematics didactics. He was also interested in the history of mathematics and wrote several mathematical biographies for the Neue Deutsche Biographie .

Fritsch was an honorary doctor of the Universities of Kaliningrad (and, as head of the study group West and East Prussian Regional Studies at the Ludwig Maximilians University, advocated connections to the former Königsberg, where he also gave lectures) and Sofia . He was president of the Sudeten German Academy of Sciences and Arts . He was one of the editors of the electronic journal Forum Geometricorum and a founding member of the Association for the Promotion of Mathematics in Business, University and School at the Ludwig-Maximilians University.


  • with Gerda Fritsch: The four-color theorem - history, topological basis and idea of ​​proof . BI Wissenschaftsverlag 1994 (English: Springer 1998)
  • with Renzo Piccinini: Cellular structures in topology . Cambridge University Press 1990.
  • with Eberhard Neumann-Redlin von Meding : Franz Ernst Neumann (1798–1895): On the 200th birthday of the mathematician, physicist and crystallographer . LMU Munich 2005. ISBN 978-3922480174 .
  • with Evgeni Peregud, Sergei Matsejewski: Selected Chapters of Graph Theory (in Russian), Publishing House of the Immanuel Kant State University, Kaliningrad 2008.


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Individual evidence

  1. ^ Rudolf Fritsch obituary notice. In: Süddeutsche Zeitung . June 16, 2018, accessed June 16, 2018 .