Jurjen Ferdinand Koksma

Jurjen Ferdinand Koksma (April 21 1904, Schoterland – December 17 1964, Amsterdam) was a Dutch mathematician who specialized in analytic number theory. [ [http://bwnw.cwi-incubator.nl/cgi-bin/uncgi/toon?nr=34&ftnr=1 Jurjen Ferdinand Koksma] at the [http://www.bwnw.nl/index.html Biographical Dictionary of Dutch Mathematicians] ]

Koksma received his Ph.D. degree (cum laude) in 1930 at the University of Groningen under supervision of Johannes van der Corput, with a thesis on "Systems of Diophantine Equations". [MathGenealogy|id=49633] . Around the same time, aged 26, he was invited to become full professor at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. He accepted and in 1930 became the first professor in mathematics at this university. Koksma is also one of the founders of the Dutch National Research Institute for Mathematics and Computer Science.

One of Koksma's mainworks was the book "Diophantische Approximationen", published in 1936 by Springer. He also wrote several papers with Paul Erdős.

Koksma had two brothers who were also mathematicians; Jan Koksma and Marten Koksma. A family photo is at http://www.flickr.com/photos/jakespeare/68470320/

See also

*Low-discrepancy sequence

References


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