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Leopold Fejér

Hungarian: Fejér Lipót
Birthdate: (79)
Birthplace: Pécs, Baranya, Dél-Dunántúl, Hungary
Death: October 15, 1959 (79)
Budapest, Budapest, Közép-Magyarország, Hungary
Immediate Family:

Son of Samu Weisz and Viktória Weisz
Brother of József Fejér

Managed by: Martin Severin Eriksen
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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

Biography MathSciNet


  • Ph.D. Eötvös Loránd University 1902
  • Dissertation:
  • Advisor: Hermann Amandus Schwarz
  • Students:
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  • Name -School =Year $Descendants
  1. János Aczél $42
  2. Pál Csillag -Eötvös Loránd University
  3. Jenö Egerváry -Eötvös Loránd University
  4. Paul Erdős -Eötvös Loránd University =1934 $120
  5. Michael Fekete -Eötvös Loránd University $326
  6. Steven Gaal $33
  7. Laszlo Kalmár -Eötvös Loránd University =1926 $11
  8. Ferenc Lukács -Eötvös Loránd University
  9. George Pólya -Eötvös Loránd University =1912 $1441
  10. Tibor Radó -University of Szeged =1922 $707
  11. Marcel Riesz -Eötvös Loránd University =1912 $2041
  12. Otto Szász -Eötvös Loránd University =1911 $54
  13. Gabor Szegő -Universität Wien =1918 $57
  14. Simon Szidon -Eötvös Loránd University
  15. Pál Turán -Eötvös Loránd University =1935 $59
  16. 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.

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Leopold Fejér's Timeline

February 9, 1880
Pécs, Baranya, Dél-Dunántúl, Hungary
October 15, 1959
Age 79
Budapest, Budapest, Közép-Magyarország, Hungary
- 1902
Budapest, Budapest, Hungary