Henry C. Wente

Henry Christian Wente is an American mathematician, known for his 1986 discovery of the Wente torus, an immersed constant-mean-curvature surface whose existence disproved a conjecture of Heinz Hopf.[1][2]

Wente obtained his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1966, under the supervision of Garrett Birkhoff.[3] He is a professor emeritus of mathematics at the University of Toledo.[4] In 2012 he became a fellow of the American Mathematical Society.[5]


  1. Wente, Henry C. (1986), "Counterexample to a conjecture of H. Hopf.", Pacific Journal of Mathematics, 121: 193–243, doi:10.2140/pjm.1986.121.193
  2. The Wente torus, University of Toledo Mathematics Department, retrieved 2013-09-01.
  3. Henry C. Wente at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  4. Mathematics faculty, University of Toledo, retrieved 2013-09-01.
  5. List of Fellows of the American Mathematical Society, retrieved 2013-09-01.

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