Fonds F0159 - Leon Bankoff fonds.

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Leon Bankoff fonds.


  • 1909-1997 (Creation)

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5.67 m of textual records and other material.

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American dentist and mathematician Leon Bankoff was born in New York City, New York, on December 13, 1908. Attended City College of New York and dental school at New York University and University of Southern California. Became a prominant Los Angeles dentist whose list of patients included rock stars and other luminaries of the Beverly Hills-Hollywood scene. His early interest in mathematics resurfaced in the late 1940s and he began to publish regularly in mathematics journals and to edit the problems section of Pi Mu Epsilon Journal. His interests included Morley's triangle and the shoemaker's knife of Archimedes. He counted among his friends famous mathematicians from around the world. Died in Los Angeles, California, on February 16, 1997. Additional biographical material available in The College Mathematics Journal, v. 23, n. 2, March 1992, p. 99-117. (Acc 5167, 5.13)

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Donated by Francine Bankoff in 2002.

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Fonds consists of correspondence and related material such as notes, solutions, papers and reprints of various correspondents including Norman Anning, Donald Coxeter, Clayton W. Dodge, Paul Erdos, Martin Gardner, Victor Thébault, Charles W. Trigg and Leo Sauvé; research material on a broad range of mathematical topics; notebooks; manuscripts of mathematical articles and solutions and book reviews; published works; works about L. Bankoff; photographs; slides; and miscellaneous. Fonds also includes selected issues of many mathematics journals including American Mathematics Monthly and Mathematics Magazine.

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Text in English.

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Fonds is part of the Eugène Strens Recreational Mathematics Collection.

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Includes 45 photographs and 155 slides.

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