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Eugène Catalan and the rise of Russian science. (English) Zbl 0768.01014

From the text: “This paper examines contacts between Eugène Catalan, a professor at Liège University, with Chebyshev and other Russian scientists, such as Bunyakovskij, Constantine Veselovskij (1819-1910), Georg Sabinin (1831-1909), Vasilli Imshenetskij (1832-1892), Mikhail Frolov (1933-1908), and Theodor Orloff (1843-1892). Possible encounters of Catalan with Pierre de Tchihatchef (1808-1890) are also discussed. Above all, we have attempted to evaluate the extent of Catalan’s influence on these Russian scientists. The examination is based on archival study by Jongmans of Catalan’s extensive Nachlass, found among Hoyoux’s inventory of manuscripts in the library of Liège University. It contains valuable unpublished documents concerning the aforementioned scientists. Some of these will be presented and discussed here. Confronted by many tantalizing lacunae in the preserved records, a paper such as this also involves an element of detective work.”
This operose work intends to conclude that “Catalan was a key figure facilitating contacts and interchanges of information between Russian scientists and their Western counterparts and that, together with his pupil and friend Hermite, he definitely deserves a place in the history of the rise of Russian science during the 19th century”.

MSC:

01A70 Biographies, obituaries, personalia, bibliographies
01A55 History of mathematics in the 19th century
01A74 History of mathematics at institutions and academies (non-university)

Biographic References:

Catalan, E.
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