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Tarski, Alfred


Dale Jacquette


Pages 549 - 551



Alfred Tarski (original surname Tajtelbaum) (1902-1983) was born in Warsaw, Poland, and died in Berkeley, California, having immigrated to the United States in 1939. Despite prodigious mathematical abilities, Tarski began studying biology at the University of Warsaw in 1918. Soon after, he came under the influence of the brilliant Polish logician Stanislaw Leśniewski, and applied his energies to work in logic, attending lectures by Leśniewski, Jan Łukasiewicz, Stefan Mazurkiewicz, Waclaw Sierpinski, and Tadeusz Kotarbinski, and eventually completing a doctoral dissertation with Leśniewski.




1Philosophy Institute, University of Bern



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