Person: Fine (3), Nathan
Nathan Fine was an American mathematician who worked on the hypergeometric series.
Mathematical Profile (Excerpt):
 He was only at the University of Pennsylvania for a short while and Fine was lucky to have his doctoral studies supervised by such an outstanding mathematician.
 Fine was appointed to the position of Assistant Professor of Mathematics at the University of Pennsylvania in 1947 and in 1956 he was promoted to full professor.
 Fine held a number of fellowships such as an NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship in 195354 and a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowships presented by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation of New York City in 1958.
 Fine was honoured by being made Earle Raymond Hedrick Lecturer in 1966.
 As a mathematician Fine had wide interests publishing on many different topics including number theory, logic, combinatorics, group theory, linear algebra, partitions and functional and classical analysis.
 Fine was at that time engaged in his own special development of qhypergeometric series, and as the years passed he kept adding to his results and polishing his presentation.
 The material that Fine was lecturing about fit in perfectly with my thesis work and introduced me to many aspects of this extensive subject.
 We became somewhat diverted while looking at Fine's text Basic hypergeometric series and applications when we began to look at Andrews' Introduction.
 Fine writes from the viewpoint of a number theorist, and his slim volume is rich with examples and results from the theory of partitions, the study of Ramanujan's mock theta functions, and modular equations.
 Many of Fine's papers were written jointly with other leading mathematicians.
 Fine was also interested in problem solving and contributed both problems and solutions to problems to several different journals.
 In this article Fine proved that here exist rational numbers aaa and bbb that are never sides of a rational triangle, and also there exists a rational triangle of any given rational area.
Born 22 October 1916, Philadelphia, USA. Died 18 November 1994, Deerfield Beach, Florida, USA.
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