About Leopold Fejér
Lipót Fejér's mother was Viktória Goldberger and his father was Samu (or Samuel) Weiss; the family was Jewish. The reader will have noticed that Fejér's father had the name Weiss and, indeed, Lipót Fejér was given the name Leopold Weiss when he was born. He changed his name around 1900 to make himself more Hungarian. This was standard practice carried out at that time to show solidarity with Hungarian culture. Weiss in German means "white" while the Hungarian for white is "feher" but he chose the name "Fejér" which is an archaic spelling for the Hungarian for "White". Let us say a little more about his family. Viktória Goldberger's maternal grandfather Sámuel Nachod was a doctor from Pécs, awarded his medical degree in 1809, while her father, József Goldberger, was an eminent man known as the author of a Hebrew-Hungarian dictionary. Samu Weiss, Lipót's father, was a shopkeeper in Pécs.
Mathematics Genealogy Project
Leopold (Lipót) Fejér
- Ph.D. Eötvös Loránd University 1902
- Advisor: Hermann Amandus Schwarz
- Click here to see the students listed in chronological order.
- Name -School =Year $Descendants
- János Aczél $42
- Pál Csillag -Eötvös Loránd University
- Jenö Egerváry -Eötvös Loránd University
- Paul Erdős -Eötvös Loránd University =1934 $120
- Michael Fekete -Eötvös Loránd University $326
- Steven Gaal $33
- Laszlo Kalmár -Eötvös Loránd University =1926 $11
- Ferenc Lukács -Eötvös Loránd University
- George Pólya -Eötvös Loránd University =1912 $1441
- Tibor Radó -University of Szeged =1922 $707
- Marcel Riesz -Eötvös Loránd University =1912 $2041
- Otto Szász -Eötvös Loránd University =1911 $54
- Gabor Szegő -Universität Wien =1918 $57
- Simon Szidon -Eötvös Loránd University
- Pál Turán -Eötvös Loránd University =1935 $59
- John (Janos) von Neumann -Eötvös Loránd University =1926 $96
According to our current on-line database, Leopold Fejér has 16 students and 4979 descendants.
George Pólya :-
Why did Hungary produce so many mathematicians of our time? Many people have asked this question which, I think, nobody can fully answer. There were, however, two factors whose influence on Hungarian mathematics is manifest and undeniable, and one of these was Leopold Fejér, his work, his personality. The other factor was the combination of a competitive examination in mathematics with a periodical.