## Mathematicians Of The Day

### 7th May

On this day in 1811, Babbage, Herschel and Peacock first met each other to discuss the possible formation of a society whose aim would be to encourage the study of Leibniz's analytical methods in Cambridge. The formal inaugural meeting of the

The postage stamp of one of today's mathematicians at THIS LINK was issued in 1992.

*Analytical Society*took place very shortly afterwards.The postage stamp of one of today's mathematicians at THIS LINK was issued in 1992.

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##### Born:

- 1713: Alexis Clairaut Ⓟ
- 1832: Carl Neumann Ⓟ
- 1851: Axel Harnack Ⓟ
- 1854: Giuseppe Veronese Ⓟ
- 1880: Oskar Perron Ⓟ
- 1881: Ebenezer Cunningham Ⓟ
- 1896: Pavel Aleksandrov Ⓟ
- 1911: Theodor Schneider Ⓟ
- 1914: Johannes de Groot Ⓟ
- 1921: Bent Christiansen Ⓟ
- 1927: Allen Shields Ⓟ

##### Died:

- 1842: Pietro Abbati Marescotti
- 1879: Philip Kelland Ⓟ
- 1934: Karl Geiser Ⓟ
- 1949: Leo Harmaja Ⓟ
- 1954: Henri Mineur Ⓟ
- 1962: Charles Noble Ⓟ
- 1963: Theodore von Kármán Ⓟ
- 1980: Federico Cafiero Ⓟ
- 1983: Keith Stewartson Ⓟ
- 2007: Emma Lehmer Ⓟ
- 2017: Wen-Tsun Wu Ⓟ
- 2017: Elon Lima Ⓟ

#### Quotation of the day

##### From Alexis Clairaut

It appears even Sir Isaac Newton was of the opinion, that it was necessary the Earth should be more dense toward the centre, in order to be so much the flatter at the poles: and that it followed from this greater flatness, that gravity increased so much the more from the equator towards the Pole.