Person: Graf, Johann Heinrich
Johann Heinrich Graf was a Swiss mathematician who worked mainly on the Bessel functions.
Mathematical Profile (Excerpt):
- After having attended primary school in Töss and secondary school in Zürich, Graf studied at the private teachers' college Muristalden, close to Bern, from 1868-1871.
- Graf was awarded his doctorate for his thesis Beiträge zur Theorie der Riemann'schen Fläche Ⓣ(Contributions to the theory of the Riemann surface) in 1877.
- Graf's main mathematical interests were in Bessel functions, gamma functions and spherical functions.
- Today he is best known for Graf addition theorems for Bessel functions and other such functions.
- Graf also took a keen interest in actuarial sciences; he published a number of papers on insurance funds and lectured on actuarial mathematics from 1902-1918 at the University of Bern.
- Graf also edited Schläfli's correspondence with Steiner, Arthur Cayley and Carl Borchardt.
- Throughout his life, Graf held a large number of administrative positions.
- For most of his professional life, Graf was a member of the Swiss and the Bernese Societies for Natural Scientists; he was the editor of the communications of the Bernese society from 1883-1910.
- From 1895 until his death, Graf was president of the Swiss library committee.
Born 16 August 1852, Töss, Zürich, Switzerland. Died 17 June 1918, Bern, Switzerland.
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- O’Connor, John J; Robertson, Edmund F: MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive