# Mathematics & Statistics

» Go to news main## Mathematicians or statisticians born on May 10

**Karl Dilcher**on May 10, 2017 in News

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**Mathematicians or statisticians born on May 10:**

**Augustin Fresnel, 1788 - 1827** - did important work on optics where he was one of the founders of the wave theory of light. Biography

**Wilhelm Killing, 1847 - 1923** - a German mathematician who introduced Lie algebras independently of Lie in his study of non-euclidean geometry. His classification of the simple Lie algebras was one of the finest achievements in the whole of mathematical research. Biography

**Otakar Boruvka, 1899 - 1995** Biography

**Edward McShane, 1904 - 1989** Biography

**** Those who died on this day:**

**Paolo Ruffini, 1765 - 1822** - an Italian mathematician who gave a proof that the quintic equation could not be solved earlier than Abel. Biography

**Thomas Young, 1773 - 1829 - **an English mathematician and physicist best known for Young's modulus and his work on interference. Biography

**August Gutzmer, 1860 - 1924** - a German mathematician who worked on differential equations. Biography

**Diederik Korteweg, 1848 - 1941** - a Dutch mathematician with wide interests, now best-known as the joint discoverer of the Korteweg-de Vries equation for solitary waves. Biography

**Guido Ascoli, 1887 - 1957** Biography

**Hassler Whitney, 1907 - 1989** - an American mathematician who did important work in manifolds, embeddings, immersions, characteristic classes and geometric integration theory. Biography

**Kollagunta Ramanathan, 1920 - 1992** Biography

**Ambros Speiser, 1922 - 2003** Biography

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