Person: Suter, Heinrich
Heinrich Suter was a Swiss historian of science specializing in Islamic mathematics and astronomy.
Mathematical Profile (Excerpt):
- In 1863 Suter entered the high school for Zürich Canton where he studied Latin and Greek.
- Although Suter set forth the goal of treating the history of mathematics in terms of the history of ideas, he was prevented from attaining it because of the paucity of available data.
- Suter taught mathematics and physics in Swiss schools and became the leading expert on Muslim mathematics.
- In the year 1876 Suter received a full-time appointment in the cantonal school of Aargau as a teacher of mathematics and physics.
- Suter's doctoral dissertation Geschichte der mathematischen Wissenschaften.
- For around ten years after this Suter produced no research papers but he began to publish on the history of mathematics again in 1884.
- The most important of Suter's works is the book Die Mathematiker und Astronomen der Araber und ihre Werke Ⓣ(The Arabic mathematicians and astronomers and their works) (1900).
- in 1900, Swiss historian of mathematics and astronomy Heinrich Suter published the bio-bibliographical survey Die Mathematiker und Astronomen der Araber und ihre Werke.
- Suter's book contained information on scholars not only in the Arab countries but in all the Islamic countries from the 8th to the 17th centuries.
- Other work by Suter includes Die Mathematiker auf den Universitäten des Mittelalters Ⓣ(Mathematicians in the universities of the Middle Ages) (1887), and Das Mathematiker-Verzeichnis im Fihrist des ...
- A Latin translation of one version has survived and was published by Suter in 1914 in Die astronomischen Tafeln des Muhammad ibn Musa al-Khwarizmi.
- Suter was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Zürich in the final year of his life.
Born 4 January 1848, Hedingen (2, km N of Affoltern), Zürich Canton, Switzerland. Died 17 March 1922, Dornach, Switzerland.
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- O’Connor, John J; Robertson, Edmund F: MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive