Kurt Gödel

der Herr Warum (Mr. Why)
Birth Name:
Kurt Friedrich Gödel
Birth Date:
April 28, 1906
Birth Place:
Brünn, Austria-Hungary
Death Date:
January 14, 1978
Place of Death:
Princeton Hospital, Princeton, New Jersey
Cause of Death:
Malnutrition and inanition caused by personality disturbance
Cemetery Name:
Princeton Cemetery
Claim to Fame:
Kurt Gödel was a prominent Austrian/American logician, mathematician and philosopher who is mentioned as most likely autistic (Asperger's Syndrome) in Genius Genes by Michael Fitzgerald and Brendan O’Brien, in Asperger Syndrome – A Gift or a Curse? by Michael Fitzgerald and Viktoria Lyons. He is known in particular for Gödel's incompleteness theorems, Gödel's completeness theorem, the consistency of the Continuum hypothesis with ZFC, Gödel metric, Gödel's ontological proof and Gödel–Dummett logic, Among notable awards he has won are the Albert Einstein Award (1951), the National Medal of Science (1974) and ForMemRS (1968). He was also a Fellow of the British Academy. Looking back over that century in the year 2000, TIME magazine included Kurt Gödel (1906–78), the foremost mathematical logician of the twentieth century among its top 100 most influential thinkers. Gödel was associated with the Princeton University Institute for Advanced Study from his first visit in the academic year 1933–34, until his death in 1978. He was Professor in the School of Mathematics from 1953 until 1976, when he became Professor Emeritus.

Fun Fact

Kurt Gödel lived at 145 Linden Lane in Princeton, New Jersey and was often seen walking home with Albert Einstein.

In 1987 the Kurt Gödel Society was founded in his honor for the promotion of research in the areas of logic, philosophy, and the history of mathematics. Five volumes of Gödel’s collected works have been published. The first two include Gödel’s publications; the third includes unpublished manuscripts from Gödel’s Nachlass, and the final two include correspondence. A biography of Gödel was published by John Dawson in 2005: Logical Dilemmas: The Life and Work of Kurt Gödel.

Cemetery Information:

Final Resting Place:

Princeton Cemetery

29 Greenview Avenue

Princeton, New Jersey, 08542


North America


Map of Princeton Cemetery in Princeton, New Jersey

Grave Location:

Section 3, Block 10, Lot 010A, Grave: 1

Grave Location Description

As you drive through the entrance of the cemetery, past the office on your right, take the first right. Continue straight and stay to the right and drive 3/4 around the roundabout, bear right, and then park. Walk to your right about 6 rows and Kurt Gödel’s upright monument should be visible about 80 feet from the road.

Grave Location GPS

40.35512121, -74.65871115



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