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Q: Birth and death years for the mathematician Jeffrey Hamilton ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   1 Comment )
Subject: Birth and death years for the mathematician Jeffrey Hamilton
Category: Reference, Education and News > General Reference
Asked by: mbhenry-ga
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Posted: 17 May 2004 23:10 PDT
Expires: 16 Jun 2004 23:10 PDT
Question ID: 348050
I'm trying to find the birth and death years for the mathematician
Jeffrey Hamilton. In the 70's he was a professor at Warwick University
and he may still be there. The following story is attributed to him:

"At one point he (Prof Hamilton) essayed to illustrate the basic
ideas by flipping a coin.  The class joined him in
watching the coin flip over and over and then land
on the floor---on its edge!  Hamilton later calculated
that the chances of this happening are one in one billion."

Clarification of Question by mbhenry-ga on 25 May 2004 14:30 PDT
Ok, I've only been able to confirm that Hamilton lectured at Warwick
in October of 1972. I'm not positive that he was actually a professor

I'm adding a $5.00 tip for an answer. I realize now that this one is pretty hard.

Clarification of Question by mbhenry-ga on 16 Jun 2004 13:14 PDT
Actually, I'm looking for the birth year for the mathematician Per
Enflo instead of Jeffrey Hamilton. I'm sorry for the confusion.
Subject: Re: Birth and death years for the mathematician Jeffrey Hamilton
Answered By: leli-ga on 16 Jun 2004 13:47 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Thanks for your message, Michael.

Per Enflo's birth year is 1944, according to the Swedish university
libraries union catalogue.

This is part of the entry for his PhD dissertation from the University
of Stockholm:

Enflo, Per, 1944-
Investigations on Hilbert's fifth problem for non locally compact groups.
Stockholm, 1970 ; (Stockholm : Kungl. boktr.)
dissertation note: 	Diss. (sammanfattning) Stockholm : Univ.

LIBRIS Database - Union Catalogue of Swedish libraries

(To reach the right entry, you have to enter Per Enflo, not P. Enflo,
nor Per H. Enflo.)

The LIBRIS catalogue seems like a reliable source, but there is also
some slight confirmation available:

I'm glad you've got your information at last. The catalogue wasn't
working when I first looked for this! Let me know if you have any
problems with it.

Best Wishes - Leli

PS I notice there is contact information available for this writer,
who seems to know Jeffrey Hamilton:
mbhenry-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars
Magnificient answer!

Subject: Re: Birth and death years for the mathematician Jeffrey Hamilton
From: leli-ga on 18 Jun 2004 03:06 PDT
Thank-you very much!


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