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Heinrich Eduard Schroeter

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8 Jan 1829

Königsberg, Germany (now Kaliningrad, Russia)

3 Jan 1892

Breslau, Germany (now Wroclaw, Poland)

Heinrich Schröter attended secondary school in Königsberg, then in 1845 he entered the University of Königsberg to study mathematics and physics. There he was taught by Friedrich Richelot.

After doing military service he studied at the University of Berlin for two years. At Berlin he was taught by Dirichlet and Steiner . Steiner was a major influence on Schröter who spent most of his life working on geometry. However his doctorate was obtained from Königsberg in 1854 where his dissertation was supervised by Richelot on elliptic functions .

Schröter then lectured at the University of Breslau, becoming professor there in 1858. He remained there for the rest of his life. His last few years were badly affected by ill health and he suffered from paralysis.

Schröter edited Steiner 's lectures on synthetic geometry, then published a major book Die Theorie der Oberflächen in 1880. This work on the theory of second order surfaces and third order space curves continues Steiner 's work. In 1888 Schröter published on third-order plane curves and in 1890 he published his study on fourth-order space curves.

Among his students were Rudolf Sturm .

Source:School of Mathematics and Statistics University of St Andrews, Scotland