Albert Victor Bäcklund

Mathematician, Academic

1845 – 1922

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Who was Albert Victor Bäcklund?

Albert Victor Bäcklund was a Swedish mathematician and physicist. He was a professor at Lund University and its rector from 1907 to 1909.

He was born in Malmöhus County, now Skåne County, in southern Sweden and became a student at the nearby University of Lund in 1861. In 1864 he started to work for the observatory, and received his Ph.D. in 1868 working on methods to obtain the latitude of a place by astronomical observations. He was awarded the title of associate professor in Mechanics and Mathematical Physics in 1878, and elected Fellow of the Swedish Academy of Science in 1888. In 1897 he became a full professor.

In 1874 he was awarded a travel grant to study abroad for six months. He went to the universities at Leipzig and Erlangen to work with Felix Klein and Ferdinand von Lindemann.

His most important work was in the field of transformations pioneered by Sophus Lie. He improved greatly the understanding of contact transformations and introduced a new second class transformation, now known as auto-Bäcklund transformation.

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Born
Jan 11, 1845
Skåne County
Also known as
  • Albert Victor Backlund
Nationality
  • Sweden
Profession
Education
  • Lund University
Employment
  • Lund University
Died
Feb 23, 1922
Lund

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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