Dickson, Leonard Eugene

Dickson, Leonard Eugene,

1874–1954, American mathematician, b. Independence, Iowa, grad. Univ. of Texas, 1893. He studied in Leipzig and Paris and joined the staff of the Univ. of Chicago in 1900. A leading American algebraist, he wrote on invariants and the theory of finite and infinite groups. His chief work is A History of the Theory of Numbers (3 vol., 1919–23, repr. 1966).
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Dickson, Leonard Eugene

(1874–1954) mathematician; born in Independence, Iowa. A National Academy of Sciences member, he taught longest at the University of Chicago (1901–54). He published 18 books and hundreds of articles on finite linear groups. Focusing largely on number theory, he published a three-volume History of the Theory of Numbers. President of the American Mathematical Society (1916–18), he was the recipient of its Cole Prize (1928).
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