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Guide to the M. M. Schiffer Papers
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  • Overview

    Call Number: SC0654
    Creator: Schiffer, M. M.
    Title: M. M. Schiffer Papers
    Dates: 1953-1979
    Physical Description: 4 Linear feet
    Summary: Book chapter, articles, lectures, and some correspondence dating from Schiffer's tenure at Stanford University.
    Language(s): The materials are in English.
    Repository: Dept. of Special Collections & University Archives.
    Stanford University Libraries.
    557 Escondido Mall
    Stanford, CA 94305-6064
    Email: speccollref@stanford.edu
    Phone: (650) 725-1022
    URL: http://library.stanford.edu/spc

    Administrative Information


    Transfer from Mathematics Library, 2002

    Information about Access

    There are no restrictions on access.

    Ownership & Copyright

    Property rights reside with the repository. Literary rights reside with the creators of the documents or their heirs. To obtain permission to publish or reproduce, please contact the Public Services Librarian of the Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.

    Cite As

    M.M. Schiffer Papers (SC0654). Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.


    M. M. Schiffer was considered an authority on complex variables and conformal mapping; his special province was the application of these fields to mathematical physics, particularly to hydrodynamics. A native of Berlin, Schiffer earned his undergraduate degree at Friedrich-Wilhelm University in 1930 and pursued his graduate work at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, earning his Ph.D. in 1938. He taught there until 1946, when he moved to the United States and subsequently taught at Harvard and Princeton. He joined the Stanford faculty in 1952, serving as executive head of the Mathematics Department from 1954 to 1959. In 1967 Schiffer was appointed to the Robert Grimmett Professorship of Mathematics, a position he held until his retirement in 1977. While at Stanford he was involved in the School Mathematics Study Group and co-authored many technical reports for the Applied Mathematics and Statistics Laboratory. He died in 1997.

    Collection Scope and Content Summary

    These papers date from his tenure at Stanford University and consist largely of manuscripts and typescripts of book chapters, articles, and lectures. Topics include conformal mapping, relativity, differential equations, functions of complex variables, and mathematical physics. Other items include research notes and letters from Robert W. Fuller, Nicolai Minorsky, and J. G. Van der Corput.

    Access Terms

    Corput, J. G. van der (Johannes Gualtherus), b. 1890.
    Fuller, Robert W.
    Minorsky, Nicolai, 1885-
    Conformal mapping.
    Functions of complex variables.
    General relativity (Physics)--Mathematics.
    Mathematics--Scientific applications.