Person: Dumas, Gustave
Gustave Dumas was a Swiss mathematician who worked in algebraic geometry.
Mathematical Profile (Excerpt):
- Dumas attended secondary school in Lausanne; after having completed his baccalaureate he stayed there to study mathematics at the university.
- Dumas then went to Berlin for some months, where he attended lectures by Georg Frobenius, Hermann Schwarz and Kurt Hensel.
- Dumas taught higher mathematics as a Privatdozent at the Polytechnic; he was promoted to Titularprofessor in 1913.
- Dumas stayed at his alma mater until he retired in 1942, teaching mainly differential and integral calculus to future engineers and mathematicians.
- Among his students was Georges de Rham, who became Dumas's assistant in the mid-1920s.
- In addition, Dumas wrote a couple of papers on technical education in the French-speaking part of Switzerland.
- Dumas joined the organising committee of the first International Congress of Mathematicians at the preliminary meeting in July 1896, as the French-speaking secretary.
- Rudio and Franel, the two general secretaries at the congress, also had their personal secretaries, Hirsch and Dumas.
- It can be assumed that Dumas, as the native French speaker, was Franel's secretary.
- Dumas did not give a talk at the congress, but he was among the signatories of the invitations.
- Dumas attended more ICMs than most of his colleagues on the organising ccommittee.
- Dumas also served on the organising committee of the 1932 congress in Zürich.
- Dumas became a member of the Swiss Mathematical Society (Schweizerische Mathematische Gesellschaft: SMG) when it was founded in 1910.
- Furthermore, Dumas was a member of the Euler-Kommission from 1919- 1943.
- Apart from mathematics and education, Dumas also had a strong interest in literature and philosophy.
Born 5 March 1872, L'Etivaz, Vaud canton, Switzerland. Died 11 July 1955, Lausanne, Switzerland.
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- O’Connor, John J; Robertson, Edmund F: MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive