Person: Von Segner, Johann Andreas
Jan Segner was a Hungarian mathematician who was the first professor of mathematics at Göttingen. He made substantial contributions to the theoery of Dynamics.
Mathematical Profile (Excerpt):
 Segner attended school at Pozsony's Lyceum where he showed special talents for medicine and mathematics.
 Segner's was therefore the first to fill what was to become one of the foremost chairs of mathematics in the world.
 In 1743 Segner was put in charge of the construction of the university observatory which was finished in 1751.
 While at Göttingen Segner discovered that every solid body has three axes of symmetry.
 In 1751 Segner introduced the concept of the surface tension of liquids and made an unsuccessful attempt to give a mathematical description of capillary action.
Born 9 October 1704, Pozsony, Hungary (now Bratislava, Slovakia). Died 5 October 1777, Halle, Prussia (now Germany).
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