Paul Emile Appell

Appell, Paul Emile


Born Sept. 27, 1855, in Strasbourg; died Oct. 24, 1930, in Paris. French mathematician and mechanical engineer; honorary rector of the University of Paris; member of the Parisian Academy of Sciences (1892).

Appell was known for his works on mechanics, geometry, and the theory of analytic functions. He wrote a major multi-volume course in theoretical mechanics that was published over a period of several decades (Russian translation, Theoretical Mechanics, vols. 1–2, 1960). Appell also wrote basic handbooks on the theory of elliptical, algebraic, and hyper-geometric functions (in Russian translation, Elements of Mathematical Analysis, parts 1–2, 1923–24).


“Centenaire de la naissance de Paul Appell.” Annales de l’Université de Paris, 1956, vol. 26, no. 1. pp. 17–39.