Person: Young (6), Laurence Chisholm
Laurence Chisholm Young was a German-born mathematician who worked in measure theory, the calculus of variations, optimal control theory and potential theory.
Mathematical Profile (Excerpt):
- Laurence attended the Gymnasium in Lausanne and completed his studies two years early.
- It was a difficult period for Laurence, ready intellectually to be studying at university, but held back by the illness.
- Young was Isaac Newton Student at Cambridge in 1930, was awarded an MA in 1931 after studying with Fowler and Littlewood, and he was elected to a fellowship in 1931.
- Young first met Joan Elizabeth Mary Dunnett in 1927 when he was asked by Geoffrey Miller to come with him when he went to have tea with his cousin Elizabeth.
- Young remained at Wisconsin-Madison for the rest of his career, retiring in 1975 at the age of 70.
- In 1969 Young published Lectures on the calculus of variations and optimal control theory.
- This book is based on the theory of generalised curves, a topic which Young himself founded.
- Another important book written by Young was Mathematicians and their times: History of mathematics and mathematics of history published in 1981.
- This book is an outstanding one based on Young's reading of the original source material.
- The book also tells us a great deal about the way Young himself approached mathematics.
- Of course to read original sources requires a great knowledge of languages and this Young certainly possessed.
- After he retired, Young taught students at the University of Campinas in Brazil for many years.
Born 14 July 1905, Göttingen, Germany. Died 24 December 2000, Madison, Wisconsin, USA.
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- O’Connor, John J; Robertson, Edmund F: MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive