Frank Harary

Mathematician, Author

1921 – 2005

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Who was Frank Harary?

Frank Harary was a prolific American mathematician, who specialized in graph theory. He was widely recognized as one of the "fathers" of modern graph theory. Harary was a master of clear exposition and, together with his many doctoral students, he standardized the terminology of graphs. He broadened the reach of this field to include physics, psychology, sociology, and even anthropology. Gifted with a keen sense of humor, Harary challenged and entertained audiences at all levels of mathematical sophistication. A particular trick he employed was to turn theorems into games - for instance, students would try to add red edges to a graph on six vertices in order to create a red triangle, while another group of students tried to add edges to create a blue triangle. Because of the simplest case of Ramsey theory, one team or the other would have to win.

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Born
Mar 11, 1921
New York City
Also known as
  • Харари, Фрэнк
Ethnicity
  • Jewish people
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Education
  • Brooklyn College
Died
Jan 4, 2005
Las Cruces

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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