Vienna: Hope and Disappointment

  • Alec Eden


Already in 1825, following his studies at the Polytechnic Institute in Vienna, Doppler had applied for an assistantship in pure higher mathematics there with Professor Joseph Hantschl. We know from his report on the four candidates, dated 20th October 1825, which is in the archives of the Technical University, that while he spoke highly of Doppler’s mathematical achievements, he pointed out that since he had spent almost a year in Salzburg “Devoted to his Latin studies”, he would have had very little time for mathematical work during that time. This absence also meant that Hantschl had no opportunity to judge his abilities to lecture. The post was given to another candidate, Karl Lamia, and in November Doppler received his first letter of rejection, but which was by no means to be the last.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alec Eden
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  1. 1.The Christian Doppler FoundationSalzburgAustria

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