Theorem of the Day

Mathematicians deserving a better web presence

This is an annex to the Index of Mathematicians. The following entries in that index are elusive on the web as people however ubiquitous and important their mathematical work. If you know of a link that I could use in my Index of Mathematicians I would be greatful to hear of it. Better still, contribute an article to Wikipedia, so that everyone may benefit.


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T.L. Austin
Was elected to membership of the AMS (600KB pdf) in 1960. His expertise in enumeration is elsewhere found here (1958) and here (1959).

Jillian Beardwood
An obituary for her by her niece. There is additional information in this parish magazine article.

Garland Briggs
He was a student of James Alexander according to the latter's genealogy, being award his PhD in 1927. He was elected to AMS membership in February 1922. He 'belongs' to Sebrell, Southampton county, Virginia, according to this 1925 Princeton yearbook entry. His dates may be 1894–1959 see here, entry 823 and here. Internet searches for his details are hampered by his name being shared with a character in Twin Peaks.

John Wesley Brown
Was at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (and was listed under Emeritus but this seems to have lapsed). His entry at Mathematics Genealogy.

Jérôme Dégot
Teaches at Lycée Louis-le-Grand, Paris. His entry at Mathematics Genealogy.

Ketan Delal
Was listed as a former postgraduate/post-doc at McGill. (The listing was posted on Nicholas Sonnerat's page at McGill but he appears to have moved elsewhere.)

David Daykin
There is a short memorial tribute to him here. He is known for the Ahlswede–Daykin inequality.

Cecil John Alvin Evelyn
An obituary of Evelyn appears in Bull. London Math. Soc., vol. 9, no. 3, 1977. The first page, covering all but a photo and refs, may be previewed for free. A tangential reference can be found on p. 88 of Dürer and Beyond: Central European Drawings Before 1700 in the Metropolitan Museum of Art where he appears to be selling, in 1966, a collection of drawings by Melchoir Lorck, which had been acquired by his family in the 1600s.

Robert E. Fagen
Was awarded a PhD in 1953 at University of Minnesota for a dissertation entitled "Certain probability limit theorems and transformations of stochastic processes." There is a record at p. 220 here (7MB pdf) of his being promoted in 1951 from Teaching Assistant to Research Assistant, with a salary rise from $810 to $1215.

Dmitry Falikman
He is recorded as having a post at Technion Minerva Optimization Center (although this link no longer appears to mention his name). His entry at Mathematics Genealogy.

Amiel Feinstein
Was with San José State University (1966–1986). He was a PhD student at MIT. His role in the proof of Shannon's Theorem is described here, (search for 'Feinstein') and there is an indistinct picture of him on p. 18 here (4.18 MB). In his entry at Mathematics Genealogy his advisor is Robert Fano, son of Gino (Fano-plane) Fano.

Dmitri G. Fon-Der-Flaass
He has an account at . There is a short tribute to him on Peter Cameron's blog. Obiturary.

Ervin Gergely
Hungarian and active in design theory in the 70s.

Giuseppe Giuga
Known for his 1950 publication "Su una presumibile proprietà caratteristica dei numeri primi",Ist. Lombardo Sci. Lett. Cl. Sci. Mat. Nat. Rend. (3) 14 (1950), 511–528. More on the journal may be found here.

Jean-Marie Goethals
His entry at Mathematics Genealogy. His career took him to Philips in Eindhoven but he has no web presence there. An annecdote by Peter Cameron can be found here who also has a nice presentation (500KB pdf) about its context.

Dick Wick Hall
His entry at Mathematics Genealogy. He is obscured by being (I assume it is the same DWH Jr) the son of a famous humorist of the same name. Some reminiscences of James R.F. Kent including mention of Hall during his time at Binghamton are here. His PhD was at Virginia in 1938 and he supervised at Maryland College Park (reminiscences from that time). It seems he was adopted during childhood, and that he suffered from cerebral palsy.

Orville G. Harrold Jr
Was a 1957 Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellow (includes a picture of him). Worked at Florida State University where there is a chair named after him (current occupant John Bryant). Community of Scholars profile.

Ljubomir Iliev
Sendov has given a nice centenary tribute to him. His entry at Mathematics Genealogy.

Dennis Ivanov
Collaborator of Serge Tabachnikov (Penn State) giving his address as Moscow, Russia.

Robert Lachlan
Graduated from Tinity College Cambridge, 3rd Wrangler, 1883, 1st Division in Part III., 1884. Then Smith's prizewinner (one A.N. Whitehead was a runner-up!) (Nature 33, 93-93, 26 November 1885), at which time he was a mathematics instructor at the Royal Naval College, Greenwich, then returning to Cambridge as a coach in 1899 ("Geometry at Cambridge, 1863–1940", June Barrow-Green, Jeremy Gray, Historia Mathematica, vol. 33, (3), 315-356). Published his work on systems of circles in 1886 (Proc. Royal Soc.). Contributed to a book on mathematics of map making by Gerald Maxwell which was (unfavourably) reviewed in The Geographical Journal, Vol. 48, No. 2 (Aug., 1916), pp. 168-170. June Barrow-Green has alerted me to a fairly complete record in the Alumni Cantabrigiensis. There is also a short tribute to him at

Félix Lucas
His 1879 paper giving the Gauss-Lucas Theorem is online via the French Wikipedia entry on the theorem.

Endre Makai
A record of his affiliation to the Alfréd Rényi Institute.

Willem Mantel
His eponymous theorem dates from 1907 but I know nothing of him at all. I only know his first name thanks to an entry in Knuth's Art of Computer Programming (Pre-facsimmile 2a. A Draft of Section Generating All n-Tuples) which refers on p. 23 to different work by him.

Marvin Marcus
His entry at Mathematics Genealogy. Obituary entry at An obituary in Linear and Multilinear Algebra by Russell Merris.

Henryk Minc
Emeritus at University of California Santa Barbara who offer, however, no information upon him. A biographical article by Marvin Marcus appeared in Linear and Multilinear Algebra in 2003. An obituary is here and an autobiographical article.

G.B. Money-Coutts
Most likely to be Godfrey Burdett Money-Coutts (1905–1979) whose details are given here in Darryl Lundy's The Peerage

Lee Most
He contributes to math.stackexchange.

Mel Most
Recorded, on the only paper by them that I know of (1992), as being of New York (deceased)

Morris Newman
His entry at Mathematics Genealogy. Was at UC Santa Barbara. A short biography given here.

Edgar Milan Palmer
His entry at math genealogy. Has a valuable obituary notice here.

Walter Francis Penney
The year of his death is confirmed here. And birth and death here. There is a probability puzzle known as Penney's Paradox or Penney's Game which was published by a Walter Penney in the Journal of Recreational Mathematics in 1969. This is attributed to W.F. Penney's son Walter Herman in this French Wiki article but it is not clear on what grounds. It seems equally likely, on the evidence given, that it was W.F. as opposed to W.H. who graduated from high school in 1969.

Michael J. Piff
His entry at Mathematics Genealogy. Was at Sheffield University.

M.T. Powell
Was a research student of John Tyrrell at King's College London in the 1970s according to this source (p. 98, footnote). Tyrrell's entry at Math Genealogy however, lists no descendents.

Paul Robin
Presumably not the educationalist who was working at the same time. There was a chemist of this name also active and it is plausible that a chemist might have published on tilings. The original article by Robin is available online but gives no affilliation.

Giannantonio Rocca
According to Massa Esteve here (endnote 20) he was a pupil of the Jesuit College of Parma. Paulo Mancosu describes him in Philosophy of Mathematics & Mathematical Practice in the Seventeenth Century as being "close to Cavalieri and Torricelli" and there is a little more on this relationship in this article by Amir Alexander.

William Schneeberger
His entry at Mathematics Genealogy. He was John H Conway's student at Princeton but has seemingly moved on.

George Earl Schweigert
His entry at Mathematics Genealogy. Worked 1947–1965 at University of Pennsylvania.

Dorothy Manning Smiley
She has a comprehensive entry in Judy Green and Jeanne LaDuke's Pioneering Women in American Mathematics: The Pre-1940 PhD's, AMS/LMS, 2009, which can be viewed in googlebooks (provided this link stays active). She has an entry in the Mathematics Genealogy (under Manning). Listed as a 1938/39 scholar at the Institute of Advanced Studies.

Malcolm Finley Smiley
His entry at Mathematics Genealogy .Some details can be found in Green and LaDuke, see under Dorothy Manning Smiley.

Larry H. Thiel
Was publishing from CSE at Concordia University in 2006 but does not appear in staff lists. Graduated BA in Mathematics from Michigan State University in 1967 (see here, p. 54).

John Alfred Tyrrell
His entry at math genealogy. An obituary appears in Bull. London Math. Soc., vol. 43, no. 2, 2011, which my be previewed free here.

Brian Wick
His entry at math genealogy. Taught at University of Alaska Anchorage, where a scholarhip bears his name. He retired in 2010 (Matters Mathematical report by Hans Nordstrom, Seattle Meeting, April 9-10, 2010, online as rtf file).

C.P. Willans
Published her (his?) formula for π(n) from "The University, Birmingham"

Steven Winker
His entry at math genealogy. Got his PhD from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1984. I'm told he left automated reasoning research during the 80s.

Guang Ping Xiang
His entry at math genealogy.
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