Person: Wilczynski, Ernest Julius
Ernest Wilczynski was an American mathematician who may be considered the founder of projective differential geometry.
Mathematical Profile (Excerpt):
- Wilczynski attended schools in Chicago, but rather than take his university education in the United States he returned to Germany to study at the university of Berlin.
- Wilczynski was taught at Berlin by some outstanding mathematicians including Fuchs, Hensel, Planck, Pringsheim, Schlesinger and Schwarz.
- In 1902 Wilczynski was promoted to assistant professor at Berkeley, then in 1906 to associate professor.
- During the years from 1903 to 1905 Wilczynski worked in Europe as associate of the Carnegie Institution.
- Wilczynski moved to the University of Illinois in 1907, then in 1910 he was appointed to Chicago filling a vacancy caused by the death of Maschke in 1908.
- Wilczynski began his research career as a mathematical astronomer.
- However, Wilczynski's main work was in projective differential geometry and ruler surfaces.
- But Wilczynski was the first ever to appreciate, demonstrate and exploit the utility of completely integrable systems of linear homogeneous differential equations for projective differential geometry.
- Wilczynski received many honours for his outstanding research contributions.
- It is not only as a research mathematician that Wilczynski excelled.
Born 13 November 1876, Hamburg, Germany. Died 14 September 1932, Denver, Colorado, USA.
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- O’Connor, John J; Robertson, Edmund F: MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive