arose as to who would replace him. He proposed Herglotz,
Van der Waerden or Siegel
(opposing certain Nazi sympathizers).
Some more facts…
Married with two children (Despina and Stephanos) .
Influenced the “Harvard school” (Birkhoffs, Marshal Stone, Ahlfors).
Was on the Fields committee that awarded a medal to Garrett Birkhoff.
“Carathéodory was completely free of the widespread faults of
vanity and jealousy found frequently in the academic world.
He felt pure joy for others who made great accomplishments.“
He was able to give several of his "non-Arian" colleagues a chance
for a future by arranging for them an opportunity to emigrate.
…February 2, 1950
Nobody could have said it as well as another famous member of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences , the Geheimrat Oskar Perron:
Carathéodory, one of the most magnificent mathematicians, substantially enriched and vitally influenced the sciences ... a man of unusually extensive education. As a member of the Greek nation, with his soaring spirit and restless
pursuit, he continued the recognition of the tradition and legacy of classical Greek culture.
References & sources
Greek Scientists 1453-1821 (in Greek), Spandagos and Travlou.