Person: Amsler, Jacob
Jakob Amsler-Laffon was a Swiss mathematician, physicist, engineer and inventor.
Mathematical Profile (Excerpt):
- Amsler studied theology first at the University of Jena and then at the University of Königsberg.
- It was at Königsberg that Amsler changed his course from theology to mathematics and physics.
- The teacher who changed Amsler's future was Franz Neumann whose lectures and laboratory sessions he attended at the University of Königsberg.
- In 1848 Amsler was awarded his doctorate from the University of Königsberg and he then returned to Switzerland to continue his education.
- Back in Switzerland, Amsler worked for a year at the observatory in Geneva.
- In 1851, wishing to have more time to devote to his research, Amsler took a position at the Gymnasium in Schaffhausen, a town in northern Switzerland situated on the bank of the Rhine.
- Amsler extended the theorems of both Ivory and Poisson on this topic.
- Shortly after his marriage Amsler changed his research interests and his career.
- In 1856 Amsler published a paper Über das Planimeter Ⓣ(On the planimeter) in which he gave details of his idea.
- In order to make money from his invention, Amsler set up a workshop in Schaffhausen in 1854 specially designed to produce his polar planimeter.
- Amsler did not rest his fame on this single inspired idea but continued to invent new precision instruments.
Born 16 November 1823, Stalden bei Brugg, Switzerland. Died 3 January 1912, Schaffhausen, Switzerland.
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- O’Connor, John J; Robertson, Edmund F: MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive