**Acta Mathematica Academiae Paedagogicae Nyíregyháziensis, Vol. 16, pp. 89-94 (2000)
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Pál Gyula - Julius Pal (1881-1946), the Hungarian - Danish mathematician

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L. Filep and S. Elkjaer

L. Filep: Institute of Mathematics and Computer Sciences, College of Nyíregyháza, Nyíregyháza, P.O.Box 166, H-4400 Hungary, filepl@agy.bgytf.hu. S. Elkjaer: Mathematics Department, Oersted Instutute, University of Copenhagen, Universitetsparken 5, Kobenhavn, DK-2100 Denmark, sigurd@math.ku.dk

**Abstract:** Julius Pal (Pal Gyula in Hungarian usage) was a noted mathematician of the first half of twentieth century. The first part of his life is connected to Hungary, while the second to Denmark. As a consequence of this fact, and to turbulent history, very few exact information concerning his life and work survived. We started our common research work some years ago on Pal, and now we are able to give an overview of his path of life, and some inspection into his scientific work. For studying his life we could mainly used only primary sources from state and primary archives both in Hungary and Denmark.

**Keywords:** History of Hungarian mathematics, Jordan curves, Kakeya problem

**Classification (MSC91):** 01A70; 01A60

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