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  • 9-16-1494

    Francisco Maurolico born in Messina, Sicily (now Italy). He translated ancient Greek works and used mathematical induction to prove number theoretic results.

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    Francisco Maurolico
  • 9-16-1848

    Weierstrass became mathematics teacher at the Catholic Gymnasium (high school) in Braunsberg, Germany, his third such position. That year he taught mathematics 19 hours per week, took over the geography class after Easter, and received a special note of thanks for helping out in the gym!

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    Karl Weierstrass
  • 9-16-1989

    Allen Shields died of cancer in Ann Arbor, Michigan. An outstanding analyst, he also enjoyed history and wrote a "Years Ago" column for the Mathematical Intelligencer.

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    Allen Shields