Georg Faber studied mathematics and physics at the universities of Munich and Göttingen between 1896 and 1901. In 1902 he received a doctorate from Munich for a thesis on the series expansion of analytical functions. He received his teaching qualification, the Habilitationsschrift, from the University of Würzburg in 1905 for a thesis on the series expansion of analytical functions.
After working at a number of universities he was appointed to a chair at the Technische Hochschule in Munich in 1916. This was a post he held until he retired in 1946.
Faber's most important work was on the polynomial expansion of functions. This is the problem of expanding an analytical function in an area bounded by a smooth curve as a sum of polynomials, where the polynomials are determined by the area. These polynomials are now known as Faber polynomials.
Most of Faber's publications are in function theory. However, he also edited the collected works of Christoffel and volumes 14, 15, 16 of Euler's collected works.
Faber was also interested in mathematical education and he worked with his colleague von Dyck at Munich on the mathematical education of engineers, physicists and mathematicians. In addition to his research areas, Faber lectured on complex analysis, probability theory, the theory of relativity and analytical mechanics.
When World War II ended in 1945, Faber was appointed rector of the Technische Hochschule in Munich by the government. He organised restarting teaching in the university before retiring the following year.
Faber had many interests outside mathematics. He was a great linguist, loved music and art, and enjoyed long walks.
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