Person: Fiedler (2), Ernst
Ernst Fiedler was a German born Swiss school teacher.
Mathematical Profile (Excerpt):
- Three years later Wilhelm Fiedler was appointed to fill the chair of descriptive geometry at the Polytechnic in Zürich, which had been vacant since Wolfgang von Deschwanden's death.
- Ernst attended the Gymnasium in Zürich and, from 1879 onwards, the Polytechnic, where he studied mathematics at the Department for Mathematics and Physics Teachers.
- Fiedler was influential in the school's development, especially after having become Director of the school in 1904, when it was re-organised and renamed as Oberrealschule.
- Fiedler did not produce any mathematical research papers; he was very much a schoolteacher and not a research mathematician.
- Early on Fiedler made a name for himself in the Swiss army, which he joined in 1881.
- Fiedler was a member of the Schweizerische Gesellschaft für Schulgesundheitspflege, a society taking charge of all aspects of health and hygiene in Swiss schools.
- It is due to Fiedler that shorthand was introduced as an optional subject in secondary schools.
- Following a nervous breakdown, Fiedler became heavily involved in the temperance movement of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, educating the public on the dangers of alcohol abuse.
- Fiedler is only mentioned once in the minutes of the committee of the first International Congress of Mathematicians: he attended the meeting on 08 December 1896.
- Fiedler attended two further congresses, the 1908 ICM in Rome and the 1912 ICM in Cambridge, but did not give a talk at either.
Born 22 July 1861, Chemnitz, Saxony, Germany. Died 6 October 1954, Zurich, Switzerland.
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