Von Dyck, Walther

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Von Dyck, Walther Gender: M
Walther Franz Anton Dyck
born on 6 December 1856 at 16:00 (= 4:00 PM )
Place Munich, Germany, 48n08, 11e34
Timezone LMT m11e34 (is local mean time)
Data source
Rodden Rating B
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_sagcol.18.gif 14°46' s_mo.18.gif s_aricol.18.gif 04°11 Asc.s_gemcol.18.gif 14°32'

Walther Von Dyck (bust at his grave in Munich)
photo: Zeitlupe, license cc-by-sa-3.0


German mathematician, credited with being the first to define a mathematical group, in the modern sense. He laid the foundations of combinatorial group theory, being the first to systematically study a group by generators and relations. He also contributed to the study of closed parenthesis in Computer Science.

The Dyck language in formal language theory is named after him, as are Dyck's theorem and Dyck's surface in the theory of surfaces, together with the von Dyck groups, the Dyck tessellations, Dyck paths, and the Dyck graph.

Von Dyck was a student of Felix Klein, and served as chairman of the commission publishing Klein's encyclopedia. Von Dyck was also the editor of Johannes Kepler's works. He promoted technological education as rector of the Technische Hochschule of Munich. He died on 5 November 1934.

Link to Wikipedia biography


Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes "Walther von Dyck (1856-1934): Mathematik, Technik und Wissenschaftsorganisation an der TH München" by Ulf Hashagen (Franz Steiner Verlag, 2003), p. 19: "Am 6. Dezember 1856, um vier Uhr nachmittags, wurde in München Walther Franz Anton Dyck als zweites Kind des Kunstmalers Hermann Dyck und dessen Frau Marie geboren." Translation: On 6 December 1856, at four o'clock in the afternoon, Walther Franz Anton Dyck was born in Munich, the second son of the painter Hermann Dyck and his wife Marie.


  • Vocation : Science : Mathematics/ Statistics (Mathematician)
  • Vocation : Writers : Publisher/ Editor (Editor of works by Felix Klein and Johannes Kepler)