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Marcel Grossmann (Hungarian: Grossmann Marcell, April 9, 1878, Budapest – September 7, 1936, Zurich) was a mathematician of Jewish ancestry, and a friend and classmate of Albert Einstein. He became a Professor of Mathematics at the Federal Polytechnic Institute in Zurich, today the ETH Zurich, specializing in descriptive geometry.

It was Grossmann who emphasized the importance of a non-Euclidean geometry called elliptic geometry to Einstein, which was a necessary step in the development of Einstein's general theory of relativity. Abraham Pais's book on Einstein suggests that Grossman mentored Einstein in tensor theory as well.

Marcel Grossmann (1878-1936), 1920.

The community of relativists celebrates Grossmann's contributions to physics by organizing Marcel Grossman meetings every three years.

References

* A. Einstein & M. Grossmann (1914), "Entwurf einer verallgemeinerten Relativitätstheorie und einer Theorie der Gravitation", Zeitschrift für Mathematik und Physik, 62: 225-261.


External links

* Marcel Grossmann meetings
* O'Connor, John J.; Robertson, Edmund F., "Marcel Grossmann", MacTutor History of Mathematics archive, University of St Andrews, http://www-history.mcs.st-andrews.ac.uk/Biographies/Grossmann.html .
* Marcel Grossmann at the Mathematics Genealogy Project

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