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The second World War was a major war that took place in the 1940's, which involved many of the world's most powerful states.

In the period 1939-1945 a major conflict on a global scale, known as the second World War, occurred. This war had a major impact on every aspect of life in many countries, including academics and hence science and mathematics. Questions about the impact of WW2 on specific scientists and/or mathematicians, universities or academics in general should use this tag.