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Arne Beurling papers

Scope and Contents

The Arne Beurling papers consist of administrative files that document Beurling's work as a Member and later Faculty at the Institute for Advanced Study School of Mathematics. Beurling's papers are arranged chronologically and cover the period of his formal affiliation with the Institute for Advanced Study dating from 1955-1971.


  • Creation: 1955-1971


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This collection is open for research.

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Biographical / Historical

Arne Carl-August Beurling was born in Gothenburg, Sweden in 1905. Beurling received his undergraduate degree and graduate degree at Uppsala University in Sweden, after which he went on to serve as a docent and professor of mathematics at the university. In 1940, Beurling became well known for his work to decipher and reverse-engineer an early version of the German cipher machine Siemens and Halske T52, which he is said to have completed in only two weeks. Following the war in 1948- 1949, Beurling served as a visiting professor of mathematics at Harvard University.

Beurling began his affiliation with the Institute for Advanced Study shortly thereafter in 1952. From 1952-1954, Beurling served as a Member of the School of Mathematics. In 1954, the Institute appointed Beurling to a Faculty position. As a Faculty, Beurling continued his extensive work in the fields of harmonic analysis, complex analysis, and potential theory. He also served important roles within the Institute, including serving as the School Secretary (later called the School's Executive Officer) for the School of Mathematics from 1965-1966. The Institute appointed Beurling with the Emeritus title in 1973. Beurling passed away in 1986.


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Immediate Source of Acquisition

The immediate source of acquisition for these papers is unknown.

Processing Information

Upon receipt, archivists housed the Arne Beurling papers in acid-free storage containers.

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Revision Statements

  • 2021-10-13: Caitlin Rizzo revised this finding aid to comply with DACS standards.