Wladimir Seidel
Born(1907-12-21)December 21, 1907
DiedJanuary 12, 1981(1981-01-12) (aged 73)
Alma materLudwig-Maximilians-Universität
Known forSeidel class
Scientific career
ThesisÜber die Ränderzuordnung bei konformen Abbildungen (1930)
Doctoral advisorConstantin Carathéodory

Wladimir P. Seidel (December 21, 1907 – January 12, 1981) was a Russian-born German-American mathematician, and Doctor of Mathematics. He held a fellowship as a Benjamin Peirce Professor in Harvard University. During World War II, he was with the Montreal Theory group for the National Research Council of Canada.


He was born in Odessa, Russian Empire on December 21, 1907.[1]


He earned his Ph.D. from Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in München (February 26, 1930) on a dissertation entitled Über die Ränderzuordnung bei konformen Abbildungen, advised by Constantin Carathéodory.[2]

He joined the faculty of Mathematics at Harvard University (as Benjamin Peirce Instructor, 1932–33),[3][4] at University of Rochester (1941–55), at The Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton (1952–53), at University of Notre Dame (1955–63), and at Wayne State University in Detroit (since 1963).

During World War II, he was with the Montreal Theory group for the National Research Council of Canada.[5]

The Seidel class is named after him.[6]

He was married to Leah Lappin-Seidel (1904–1999).[7]



  1. ^ Maryann Mahaffey; Detroit (Mich.). City Council (1977). "Journal of the Common Council of the city of Detroit". ((cite journal)): Cite journal requires |journal= (help)CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  2. ^ Wladimir Seidel at Mathematics Genealogy Project
  3. ^ A conversation with Joe Doob on how Seidel assisted Doob in his doctoral thesis work (1932)
  4. ^ Snell, J.L. (1997). "A conversation with Joe Doob". Statistical Science. JSTOR. 12 (4): 301–311. doi:10.1214/ss/1030037961.
  5. ^ Williams, M.M.R. (2000). "The development of nuclear reactor theory in the Montreal Laboratory of the National Research Council of Canada (Division of Atomic Energy) 1943–1946". Progress in Nuclear Energy. Elsevier. 36 (3): 239–322. doi:10.1016/s0149-1970(00)00011-1.
  6. ^ Jun Shung Hwang (1983). "On the Generalized Seidel Class U". 276 (1). Transactions of the American Mathematical Society: 336–346. ((cite journal)): Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  7. ^ obituary of Leah Lappin-Seidel