Person: Kagan, Benjamin Fedorovich
Benjamin Kagan was a Russian and Soviet mathematician who woked on non-Euclidean geometry.
Mathematical Profile (Excerpt):
- Kagan entered Novorossysky University in Odessa in 1887.
- In 1892 Kagan received a degree from Kiev University, then in 1895 he was awarded a Master's Degree by St Petersburg University.
- As if this was not enough, Kagan also edited the Journal of Experimental Physics and Elementary Mathematics from 1902 until 1917 and he was the director of a large publisher of scientific materials Mathesis.
- Kagan was the first Head of Department and he founded an important School of Differential Geometry.
- In 1927, Kagan organised a seminar on vector and tensor analysis.
- In 1934 Kagan and other members of his School organised an International conference on differential geometry which took place at Moscow University.
- Kagan worked on the foundations of geometry and his first work was on Lobachevsky's geometry.
- Kagan studied tensor differential geometry after going to Moscow because of an interest in relativity.
- Kagan wrote a history of non-euclidean geometry and also a detailed biography of Lobachevsky.
Born 10 March 1869, Shavli, Kovno (now Kaunas, Lithuania). Died 8 May 1953, Moscow, USSR.
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