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Person: Meshchersky, Ivan Vsevolodovich
Ivan Vsevolodovich Meshchersky was a Russian mathematician famous for his work on mechanics.
Mathematical Profile (Excerpt):
- Meshchersky taught in St Petersburg for 58 years.
- Meshchersky is best known, however, for his work on the motion of bodies of variable mass which he described in January 1893 at a meeting of the St Petersburg Mathematical Society.
- Even before he had submitted his dissertation Meshchersky had shown that he had another major interest in his life which was in teaching.
- The St Petersburg Polytechnic Institute was being set up at this time and Meshchersky played a major role in developing the curriculum.
- The course which Meshchersky developed in mechanics became famous and in 1914 he published a textbook on the topic A collection of problems of mechanics.
Born 10 August 1859, Arkhangelsk, Russia. Died 7 January 1935, Leningrad, USSR (now St Petersburg, Russia).
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- O’Connor, John J; Robertson, Edmund F: MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive