Person: Amberg, Ernst Julius
Ernst Julius Amberg was a Swiss mathematician who helped to organise the first International Congress of Mathematicians.
Mathematical Profile (Excerpt):
- Amberg attended the Gymnasium, being top of the class in his Matura examinations.
- At the time of the ICM Amberg was an assistant at the Polytechnic, before becoming a teacher at the Kantonsschule in Frauenfeld (canton Thurgau).
- Before starting his teaching post in Zürich, Amberg also took on a job as an actuary at a life insurance company.
- Amberg lectured at the ETH until his retirement in 1938.
- Amberg was a keen mountaineer and a member of the Swiss Alpine Club (SAC) for 61 years.
- Amberg joined the organising committee of the First International Congress of Mathematicians in November 1896: Rebstein, the German-speaking secretary, could not attend the meeting on 12 November and Amberg covered for him.
- This sub-committee already consisted of Geiser, Hurwitz and Minkowski, and Franel joined together with Amberg.
- At the meeting on 27 July 1897 Amberg was elected secretary, thus replacing Rebstein who had to step down from his post due to military service.
- Amberg's deputy was Hirsch.
- Furthermore, Amberg was in charge of setting the fees.
- As headmaster of the Gymnasium Zürich Amberg was an official Swiss delegate at the 1932 ICM in Zürich.
Born 6 September 1871, Zürich, Switzerland. Died 15 March 1952, Zürich, Switzerland.
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- O’Connor, John J; Robertson, Edmund F: MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive