Person: Dinghas, Alexander
Alexander Dinghas was a Greek mathematician who worked in function theory.
Mathematical Profile (Excerpt):
- Alexander attended primary school in Smyrna and began his secondary schooling there.
- In 1931 Dinghas began his studies at Berlin.
- However, many other talented mathematicians and theoretical physicists were also at Berlin and influenced Dinghas.
- It was the teaching of Schmidt in particular which convinced Dinghas that mathematics rather than physics was the subject for him to pursue.
- Right from the time he began his studies in 1931, Dinghas became interested in Nevanlinna theory.
- He attended lectures on the topic given by Schmidt and it was these lectures which Schmidt gave "with almost religious enthusiasm" which turned Dinghas from an engineer/physicist into a mathematician.
- Dinghas produced a series of papers on isoperimetric problems in spaces of constant curvature.
- His work here was much influenced by Schmidt who also produced important results which Dinghas used in his work.
- Although Dinghas had a wonderful feel for mathematics, he frequently waved his hands somewhat when he gave a proof.
- Dinghas felt the man's hunger and got the waiter to send him food and drink which Dinghas paid for.
- Dinghas received many honours for his work.
Born 9 February 1908, Smyrna (now Izmir), Turkey. Died 19 April 1974, Berlin, Germany.
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- O’Connor, John J; Robertson, Edmund F: MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive