Person: Bleuler, Hermann
Hermann Bleuler was a Swiss engineer and artillery officer in the Swiss army.
Mathematical Profile (Excerpt):
- Afterwards Bleuler attended the Gymnasium and then the Industrieschule in Zürich.
- Bleuler had a stellar career in the Swiss army, in which he enrolled in 1861.
- Bleuler became a member of the Federal School Board in 1881, the year when the Polytechnic's regulations were revised.
- Bleuler became Vice-President after Alfred Escher's death in 1882, and in 1888 he succeeded Karl Kappeler as president of the School Board.
- Both the President and Vice-President used to be appointed for life, but Bleuler retired in 1905 due to health reasons.
- Following Kappeler's method, Bleuler often attended lectures of teaching candidates incognito to assess their qualities.
- Bleuler signed the invitation circular for the first International Congress of Mathematicians from January 1897 in his capacity as School Board president.
- Hermann Bleuler died on 7 February 1912 after a long illness.
Born 22 November 1837, Hottingen, Zürich, Switzerland. Died 7 February 1912, Zürich, Switzerland.
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- O’Connor, John J; Robertson, Edmund F: MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive