Person: Kiefer, Adolf
Adolf Kiefer was a Swiss mathematician who worked mainly in geometry.
Mathematical Profile (Excerpt):
- Adolf first attended primary school in Selzach, then the Bezirksschule in Grenchen, and finally the Kantonsschule in Solothurn.
- In any case Kiefer senior obtained his doctorate from the University of Zürich in 1881 for his thesis Der Kontakt höherer Ordnung bei algebraischen Flächen Ⓣ(Higher order contact of algebraic surfaces).
- From 1882-1894 Kiefer taught geometry and technical drawing at the Kantonsschule in Frauenfeld (canton Thurgau), primarily at the school's vocational section, the Industrieschule.
- The college was closed after the First World War, but Kiefer found teaching posts at the Kantonsschule, the technical college and the teachers' college in Zürich.
- Kiefer published almost forty papers, most of which are on geometry.
- Kiefer joined the enlarged committee of the first International Congress of Mathematicians, as well as the committee in charge of board and lodging, in December 1896.
- Adolf Kiefer retired in 1926 after having fainted in his classroom.
Born 22 June 1857, Selzach, Solothurn canton, Switzerland. Died 15 November 1929, Zürich, Switzerland.
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- O’Connor, John J; Robertson, Edmund F: MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive