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Jean-Pierre Sydler is a Swissmarker mathematician and a librarian, well known for his work in geometry, most notably on Hilbert's third problem.

Biography

Sydler was born in 1921 in Neuchâtelmarker, Switzerlandmarker. He graduated from ETH Zürichmarker in 1943 and received a doctorate in 1947. In 1950 he became a librarian at the ETH while continuing to publish mathematical papers in his spare time. In 1960 he received a prize of the Danish Academy of Sciences for his work on scissors congruence. In 1963 he became a director of the ETH library and pioneered the use of automatisation. He continued serving as a director until the retirement in 1986. He died in 1988 in Zürichmarker.

References

  • Greg N. Frederickson, Dissections: Plane and Fancy, Cambridge University Press, 2003.


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