Person: Snyder, Virgil
Virgil Snyder was an American mathematician, specializing in algebraic geometry.
Mathematical Profile (Excerpt):
- Virgil attended Iowa State College from 1886 to 1889 being awarded his Sc.B. in 1889.
- The Club encouraged many students to go to Germany to study for their doctorates and Snyder went to Germany in 1892 having been awarded an Erastus W Brooks fellowship.
- Snyder studied for his doctorate at Göttingen, attending lectures by Klein and participating in his seminar.
- Snyder's doctoral dissertation (Göttingen, 1895) was concerned with linear complexes of spheres.
- After retiring from Cornell, Snyder was a Visiting Professor at Brown University in 1942-43 and then a Visiting Professor at Rollins College, Winter Park, Florida in 1943-44.
- Together with Henry White, in fact, Snyder emerged as a principal heir to Klein's geometric legacy.
- Another significant contribution by Snyder was his textbooks.
- Snyder was honoured by being elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1919.
- His favourite recreation is mountain climbing and going on long hikes with Mrs Snyder as companion.
Born 9 November 1869, Dixon, Iowa, USA. Died 4 January 1950, Ithaca, New York, USA.
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- O’Connor, John J; Robertson, Edmund F: MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive