Person: Zaremba, Stanislaw
Stanisław Zaremba was a Polish mathematician who worked in partial differential equations and classical analysis, particularly on harmonic functions.
Mathematical Profile (Excerpt):
- Zaremba attended secondary school in St Petersburg then, after graduating, he studied engineering at the Institute of Technology in that city.
- As a topic for his doctorate Zaremba looked to build on ideas introduced by Riemann in 1861.
- Zaremba made many contacts with mathematicians of the French school at this time which would provide him with international collaborators after returning to Poland.
- Zaremba returned to Poland in 1900 where he was appointed to a chair in the Jagiellonian University in Kraków.
- Stanisław Gołąb, a differential geometer, wrote on the history of mathematics in Poland.
- Always taking a philosophical view of a problem, Zaremba combined physical intuition with enormous erudition, a method that enabled him to connect seemingly unrelated problems.
- When the Mathematical Society of Kraków was set up in 1919, Zaremba chaired the inaugural meeting and was elected as the first President of the Society.
- Zaremba played a crucial role in this transformation.
- Much of Zaremba's research work was in partial differential equations and potential theory.
- By this time Zaremba was essentially retired from normal teaching duties but still came to give special lectures and was often seen by the students who held him in great respect and in some awe.
- There was another side to him, however, for despite this reputation as a hard examiner, Zaremba showed great kindness and understanding to students who approached the oral examination in fear and trembling.
- Zaremba received many honours.
Born 3 October 1863, Romanówka, Trembowla, Galicia, Austria-Hungary (now Ukraine). Died 23 November 1942, Kraków, Poland.
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- O’Connor, John J; Robertson, Edmund F: MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive