Thomas Jech

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Thomas J. Jech ( Czech Tomáš Jech ; born January 29, 1944 in Prague ) is a Czech mathematician who mainly deals with axiomatic set theory.

Jech studied at the Charles University in Prague , where he received his doctorate in 1966 under Petr Vopěnka . He then worked there for two years in research. In 1968 he was a Junior Fellow at the University of Bristol and from 1969 to 1974 Associate Professor at SUNY Buffalo . 1974 to 2000 he was a professor at the University of Pennsylvania . From 2000 he is at the Mathematics Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences . He was visiting scholar at numerous universities, including Los Angeles , Stanford , Institute for Advanced Study (1973), Caen , All Souls College in Oxford , Hawaii , Hebrew University in Jerusalem , University of Paris, Singapore and Beijing .

Jech wrote various authoritative textbooks on set theory.

He is married and has two children.


  • Lectures in Set Theory. Lecture Notes in Mathematics, Vol. 217, Springer-Verlag, 1971.
  • with Karel Hrbacek : Introduction to set theory. Marcel Dekker 1978, 2nd edition 1984, 3rd edition 1999.
  • Set theory. Academic Press 1978, 3rd edition Springer-Verlag 2002, ISBN 3-540-44085-2 .
  • Multiple forcing. Cambridge University Press, 1986.

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