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Thursday, April 11, 2019

Home from home – An Irishman’s Diary on Polish logician, mathematician and philosopher Jan Lukasiewicz | An Irishman's Diary - The Irish Times

The Spirit of Mathematical Logic was the title of a public lecture given by a newly arrived Polish professor to Dublin in November 1946, according to Oliver O'Hanlon, Part-time Assistant Lecturer at University College Cork, Ireland (UCC). 
 
Jan Lukasiewicz: Polish logician, mathematician and philosopher was invited to Ireland by Éamon de Valera
Jan Lukasiewicz said that it was the first time that he had ever lectured in English and that he had only started to learn the language six months previously.

In the audience was the man who had helped bring him to Ireland, the then-taoiseach Éamon de Valera.

De Valera extended an offer to Lukasiewicz and his wife to come to Ireland in February 1946 and they arrived in Dublin the following month.

The November 1946 talk was the inaugural lecture in a course of public lectures at the Royal Irish Academy, where Lukasiewicz had been appointed to the chair of mathematical logic. He lived in the capital until he died in a Dublin hospital 10 years later...

Lukasiewicz was a brilliant student who excelled at school and university, where he studied mathematics and philosophy.

When he was awarded his doctorate in 1902, he also received a diamond ring from Emperor Franz Josef to mark his stunning academic achievements, having attained only the highest possible scores throughout his studies.

He won scholarships to study in Berlin and Louvain and then returned to work at the University of Lwów.

Additional resources 
Jan Łukasiewicz - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.