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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Jillian Beardwood
There are various references on the web to a Jillian Beardwood involved in transport policy-making, which would constitute a curious coincidence were they not referring to the Beardwood of shortest routes fame.

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. 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 Genealogyy.

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

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.

Georgy Egorychev
He has a research chair at Krasnoyarsk State University, Russia. Celebrated his 70th birthday in 2008.

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.

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

Amiel Feinstein
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).

Samuel P. Ferguson
A link to his work on Kepler's Conjecture is provided by Thomas Hales.

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 career took him to Philips in Eindhoven but he has no web presence there. An annecdote can be found here.

Dick Wick Hall
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
Worked at Florida State University where there is a chair named after him (current occupant John Bryant). Community of Scholars profile.

Katherine Heinrich
Was at University of Regina but no longer appears to be there. 2005 Adrien Pouliot Award citation.

Ljubomir Iliev
Sendov has given a nice centenary tribute to him.

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

Robert Lachlan
Born 1861. 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.

Victor Lebesgue
His dates are given at (confirmed in Kolmogorov and Yushkevich's Mathematics in the 19th Century, Vol. III). Not be to confused, obviously, with his more famous namesake Henri Lebesgue.

Leonard Lewin
English engineer. An obituary.

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

Endre Makai
A link to an obituary.

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
Recorded as having been department chair at UC Santa Barbara.

Henryk Minc
Emeritus at University of California Santa Barbara who offer, however, no information upon him. He was a member of the Tayport Band, Dundee. A biographical article by Marvin Marcus appeared in Linear and Multilinear Algebra in 2003. An obituary is here.

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
Recorded, on the only paper by them that I know of, as being of San Francisco

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

Mitio Nagumo
To quote from the blurb of his Collected Papers, "Especially among Japanese mathematicians Mitio Nagumo (1905-1995) is regarded as one of the greatest pioneers in research on differential equations." But it does not appear that even Japanese Wikipedia has an entry for him.

Morris Newman
Was at UC Santa Barbara. A short biography given here.

Hazel Perfect
Was Reader in Pure Mathematics at Sheffield University but was retired by 1986.

Michael J. Piff
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 is not listed as having any Math Genealogy 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".

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

George Earl Schweigert
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).

Malcolm Finley Smiley
Some details can be found in Green and LaDuke, c.f. Dorothy Manning Smiley. He has an entry in the Mathematics Genealogy.

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

Brian Wick
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 his formula for π(n) from "The University, Birmingham"

Steven Winker
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
Was a PhD student of Johhny E. Brown, graduating in 1996 from Purdue.
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