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  • 1-20-1590

    Giovanni Battista Benedetti died in Turin, Italy, having published on geometry with a compass of fixed opening, free fall motion, construction of sundials, perspective, and music.

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    Giovanni Battista Benedetti
  • 1-20-1775

    Andre Marie Ampere born in Lyon, France. The mathematician, physicist, and chemist is best known for his results on electricity and magnetism.

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    Andre Marie Ampere
  • 1-20-1831

    Edward Routh born in Quebec, Canada. He became a prominent teacher and coach for the Cambridge Tripos who contributed to classical mechanics.

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    Edward Routh
  • 1-20-1834

    William Watson born in Nantucket, Massachusetts. In 1862, he earned his Ph.D. at the University of Jena, Germany, being the first American to receive a Ph.D. in mathematics at a foreign university. Later he taught at Harvard and MIT. In the same year Yale was the first American school to grant a Ph.D. in mathematics.

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    History of Yale University