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  • 5-17-1765

    Alexis Clairaut died in Paris. He did both experimental and theoretical work on the shape of the earth (flattened at the poles) and the orbits of the moon and of Halley's comet, in addition to more purely mathematical work.

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    Alexis Clairaut
  • 5-17-1913

    Heinrich Weber died in Strasbourg. Best known for his work in algebra and number theory, he also worked in analysis and mathematical physics.

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    Heinrich Weber
  • 5-17-1938

    On America's early research universities: "The answer to the question as to the success of Hopkins, Clark, and Chicago, is: men of ability, professors and students with sufficient funds to carry on their work, time for research, and freedom to work in their own way," wrote Warren P. Lombard, in a letter.

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    Warren Plimpton Lombard