Heinrich W. Guggenheimer


Heinrich Walter Guggenheimer was born in Nuremburg, Germany in 1924. He received a Doctorate of Science in 1951 from the Eidgenössiche Technische Hochschule in Zurich, Switzerland.

Guggenheimer moved to Israel, and began teaching mathematics at the Hebrew University, followed by a professorship at Bar Ilan University. He moved to the United States in 1959 and six years later became a citizen of that country. He was an associate professor at Washington State University, and after a year moved to University of Minnesota, where he became a full professor a few years later. At the same time, he published a textbook named Differential Geometry, which received excellent reviews.

In 1967, Guggenheimer moved to New York, where he published more books on mathematics, while teaching at the Polytechnic Institute of New York University (known at the time as Polytechnic University). He supervised six Ph.D. students until his retirement in 1995. 

Guggenheimer has made a great contribution also to Jewish literature, having written 3 books and publishing a Haggadah that shows comparisons between the Ashkenazic, Sephardic and Oriental variances in Pesach traditions.

Heinrich is married to Eva, co-author of Jewish Family Names and their Origins. The couple have 2 sons and 2 daughters.