# George David Birkhoff

**George David Birkhoff** (March 21, 1884 – November 12, 1944) was an American mathematician best known for what is now called the ergodic theorem. Birkhoff was one of the most important leaders in American mathematics in his generation, and during his time he was considered by many to be the preeminent American mathematician.[1]

George David Birkhoff | |
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Born | |

Died | November 12, 1944 60) | (aged

Nationality | American |

Alma mater | Harvard University University of Chicago |

Known for | Ergodic theorem Birkhoff's axioms |

Awards | Bôcher Memorial Prize (1923) Newcomb Cleveland Prize (1926) |

Scientific career | |

Fields | Mathematics |

Institutions | Harvard University Yale University Princeton University Radcliffe College |

Doctoral advisor | E. H. Moore |

Doctoral students | Clarence Adams Raymond Brink Robert D. Carmichael Bernard Koopman Rudolph Langer Charles Morrey Marston Morse G. Baley Price I. M. Sheffer Marshall H. Stone Joseph L. Walsh Hassler Whitney David Widder Kenneth Williams |

The George D. Birkhoff House, his residence in Cambridge, Massachusetts, has been designated a National Historic Landmark.