Otto Stolz

Born: 3 May 1842 in Hall (now Solbad Hall in Tirol), Austria
Died: 25 Oct 1905 in Innsbruck, Austria

Otto Stolz was born in Innsbruck and studied in Innsbruck, Vienna, then in Berlin from 1869 to 1871. He also studied at Göttingen before becoming a professor at his home town of Innsbruck. Despite many attempts to get him to accept a chair in Vienna, he remained in his home town building up a strong reputation despite low funding and only a few students but attracting colleagues like Gegenbauer.

His topics of research were wide ranging but his most important work was in analysis where he wrote one of the first books on Weierstrass style analysis. He also returned to infinitesimals of the sort condidered by Newton and attempted to make this approach rigorous.

Article by: J J O'Connor and E F Robertson

December 1996

MacTutor History of Mathematics