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  • 10-9-1581

    Claude-Gaspar Bachet de Meziriac born in Bourg-en-Bresse, France. Noted for his work in number theory and mathematical recreations, he published a Latin translation of the Greek text of the Arithmetica of Diophantus in 1621.

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    Claude-Gaspar Bachet de Meziriac
  • 10-9-1701

    Yale College founded. In 1861, it would become the first university in the United States to award the Doctor of Philosophy degree.

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    History of Yale University
  • 10-9-1731

    Benjamin Banneker born in Baltimore, Maryland. At a time when slavery of African-Americans was legal in the United States, he taught himself enough mathematics and science to publish almanacs and to assist with the surveying of the new city of Washington, D.C. He would die on this date in 1806, in Baltimore, Maryland.

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  • 10-9-1948

    Algebraist Joseph Wedderburn died in Princeton, New Jersey.

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    Joseph Wedderburn