Lindemann, Ferdinand von

BORN 12 Apr 1852, Hannover, Niedersachsen - DIED 6 Mar 1939, München, Bayern
BIRTH NAME Lindeman, Carl Louis Ferdinand
GRAVE LOCATION München, Bayern: Waldfriedhof (043-W-9)

Ferdinand von Lindemann was born in Hanover, but in 1854 his family relocated to Schwerin, where his father obtained a management position at the gas factory of his brother. Ferdinand studied mathematics in Göttingen, where Alfred Clebsch was one of his teachers. He followed Felix Klein to the University of Erlangen, where he was promoted. After visiting France and England, he was employed in Würzburg. In 1879 he became a professor in Freiburg im Breisgau and in 1882 he published his best known work "The transcendence of pi". In 1883 he moved to Königsberg. There he met the actress Lisbeth von Lindemann whom he married in 1887.

In 1893 he became a professor at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich and there he worked for the rest of his life. Among his students were David Hilbert, Hermann Minkowski and Arnold Sommerfeld. In 1895 he became a member of the Bavarian Academy of Science. He died in 1939 in Munich.

• Wife: Lindemann, Lisbeth von (1887-1936, Königsberg)

Related persons
• was teacher to Hilbert, David
• was teacher to Minkowski, Hermann


The grave of Ferdinand von Lindemann and Lisbeth von Lindemann at the Waldfriedhof, München.
Picture by Androom (30 Aug 2005)


• Scheibmayr, Erich, Letzte Heimat, Persönlichkeiten in Münchner Friedhöfen 1784-1984, Scheibmayr Verlag, München, 1985
Ferdinand von Lindemann – Wikipedia

Lindemann, Gustav

Published: 05 Oct 2019
Last update: 16 Jan 2022