Person: Størmer, Carl
Carl Størmer was a Norwegian mathematician and astrophysicist. In mathematics, he is known for his work in number theory.
Mathematical Profile (Excerpt):
- Størmer entered the University of Christiana (as Oslo was then called) in 1892.
- It is unusual for anyone to publish a paper in the year they enter university as an undergraduate, but this is exactly what Størmer did with a paper on the summation of trigonometric series.
- Yet another work which came out in 1902 was a posthumous paper of Sophus Lie, edited by Størmer and Guldberg.
- It was a post that Størmer held until 1946 yet, although he did continue to publish the occasional pure mathematics paper during this period, his interests were diverted by a different topic.
- Birkeland, one of Størmer's colleagues, had put forward a theory in 1896 that auroras were caused by electrons emitted by the sun which interacted with the earth's magnetic field.
- A summary of all of this work appeared in Størmer's book The polar aurora published in 1955.
- Certainly Størmer was not the first to photograph an aurora.
- Størmer was honoured in many ways: he was elected to several Scandinavian academies, the Royal Society of London and the Paris Academy of Sciences.
Born 3 September 1874, Skien, Norway. Died 13 August 1957, Oslo, Norway.
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Astronomy, Origin Norway
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- O’Connor, John J; Robertson, Edmund F: MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive