Jens Erik Fenstad


Jens Erik Fenstad (15 April 1935 – 13 April 2020) was a Norwegian mathematician.

Jens Erik Fenstad
Born(1935-04-15)15 April 1935
Died13 April 2020(2020-04-13) (aged 84)
Alma materUniversity of Oslo
Known forMathematical logic
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity of Oslo
Vice Rector of the University of Oslo
In office
Preceded byBjørn Pedersen
Succeeded byArild Underdal
President of the DLMPST/IUHPST
In office
Preceded byLaurence Jonathan Cohen
Succeeded byWesley Salmon

Fenstad graduated as mag.scient. from the University of Oslo in 1959, and worked as a research fellow there and at UC Berkeley. He was a professor at the University of Oslo from 1968 to 2003, except for the years 1989 to 1993, when he was vice rector (prorektor). On 29 May 1998 Fensted received an honorary doctorate from the Faculty of Science and Technology at Uppsala University, Sweden.[2][3] He served in the Executive Committee of the Division for Logic, Methodology and Philosophy of Science of the International Union of History and Philosophy of Science as Treasurer from 1975 to 1983 and as President from 1991 to 1995.[4]

He chaired the Norwegian Mathematical Society and the World Commission on Ethics (COMEST) of the UNESCO, and co-founded the Abel Prize. He has also edited the journal Nordisk Matematisk Tidsskrift.[3] He was a member of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters.[5]

Fenstad resided in Østerås.[6] He died on 13 April 2020, from COVID-19, two days before his 85th birthday.[7]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "GND: 1077937954". Retrieved 16 April 2020.
  2. ^ "Honorary doctorates - Uppsala University, Sweden".
  3. ^ a b Knut Olav Åmås, ed. (2008). Hvem er hvem?. Oslo: Aschehoug. pp. 150–151. ISBN 978-82-03-23561-0.
  4. ^ "DLMPST: History of Governance". Retrieved 14 April 2020.
  5. ^ "Gruppe 1: Matematiske fag" (in Norwegian). Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters. Archived from the original on 27 September 2011. Retrieved 28 October 2009.
  6. ^ "75 år 15. april: Professor Jens Erik Fenstad" (in Norwegian). Norwegian News Agency. 26 March 2010.
  7. ^ Death announcement, Aftenposten, 17 April 2020, p. 59. " A sad message". 14 April 2020. Retrieved 9 July 2020.
Academic offices
Preceded by
Bjørn Pedersen
Vice rector of the University of Oslo
Succeeded by
Preceded by President of the DLMPST/IUHPST
Succeeded by