Grelling, Kurt

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Grelling, Kurt Gender: M
born on 2 March 1886 at 06:15 (= 06:15 AM )
Place Berlin, Germany, 52n29, 13e21
Timezone LMT m13e21 (is local mean time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_piscol.18.gif 11°35' s_mo.18.gif s_aqucol.18.gif 01°24 Asc.s_aqucol.18.gif 22°11'

Kurt Grelling ("Stolperstein" (stumbling block), Königsberger Straße 13, Berlin-Lichterfelde)
photo: OTFW, Berlin, license gfdl


German logician and philosopher, a founding member of the Berlin Circle, which was closely associated with the Vienna Circle.

Shortly after his arrival in 1905 at University of Göttingen, Grelling began a collaboration with philosopher Leonard Nelson, with whom he tried to solve Russell's paradox, which had shaken the foundations of mathematics when it was announced in 1903. Their 1908 paper included new paradoxes, including a semantic paradox that was named the Grelling–Nelson paradox.

Grelling received his doctorate in mathematics from the University of Göttingen in 1910 with a dissertation on the development of arithmetics in axiomatic set theory, advised by David Hilbert.

As a skilled linguist, Grelling translated philosophical works from French, Italian and English to German, including four of Bertrand Russell's works. He became a strong proponent of Russell's writings thereafter.

Grelling and his wife were shipped to Auschwitz, arriving there on 18 September 1942 and perishing in the gas chambers that day or soon thereafter.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • associate relationship with Godel, Kurt (born 28 April 1906)
  • associate relationship with Nelson, Leonard (born 11 July 1882). Notes: "Grelling–Nelson paradox"
  • (has as) teacher relationship with Hilbert, David (born 23 January 1862). Notes: PhD


  • Death by Homicide 18 September 1942 (Gassed at Auschwitz, age 56)
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Source Notes

Sy Scholfield provided birth registry entry from Berlin Archives.


  • Traits : Mind : Education extensive (PhD in mathematics)
  • Passions : Criminal Victim : Concentration camp (Auschwitz)
  • Passions : Criminal Victim : Homicide victim (Holocaust victim)
  • Personal : Religion/Spirituality : Philosopher/ Humanist
  • Vocation : Humanities+Social Sciences : Linguist
  • Vocation : Humanities+Social Sciences : Philosopher
  • Vocation : Science : Other Science (Logic)
  • Vocation : Writers : Translator
  • Notable : Famous : Founder/ originator ("Grelling–Nelson paradox")