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1832 - 1903 Rudolf Lipschitz was born in 1832 into a wealthy family in the German village of Bonkein near Konigsberg which today is the Russian city of Kaliningrad Lipschitz wanted to become a professor of mathematics and began his studies at a young age He first entered the University of Konigsberg where his teacher was Franz Neumann At that time it was the custom to study at two different universities Following this custom Lipschitz enrolled in the University of Berlin There he studied under Dirichlet Lipschitz was in poor health during this time which caused him to take a year off to recover Even so he completed his studies at the age of twenty and was awarded a doctorate in August 1853 No immediate university teaching position came up so Lipschitz was forced to teach for four years at gymnasiums in Konigsberg and Elbing However in 1857 he became a Privatdozent at the University of Berlin That year he also married Ida Pascha the daughter of a landowner who lived near his fathers estate In 1862 his dream of becoming a professor finally came true He became an extraordinary professor at the university in Breslau Lipschitz stayed only two years in Breslau During this time he wrote two unimportant papers but he also founded a seminar on mathematics and mathematical physics with the help of Heinrich Schroeter and M Frankenheim He left Breslau on Easter of 1864 after being nominated an ordinary professor by
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