Louis Charles Karpinski

Louis Charles Karpinski (5 August 1878 – 25 January 1956) was an American mathematician born in Rochester, New York to Henry Hermanagle Karpinski from Warsaw, Poland and Mary Louise Engesser from Guebweiler, Alsace.[1][2] He was educated at Cornell University and in Europe at Strassburg.

He also studied (1909–1910) at Columbia, where he was a fellow and a university extension lecturer. He taught at Berea College and at Oswego, New York at the Normal School there, then accepted a position at the University of Michigan where in 1919 he became full professor of mathematics. Dr. Karpinski devoted his attention chiefly to the history and pedagogy of mathematics.

An authority on the history of science, he was collaborator on the Archivo di Storia della Scienza and author of The Hindu-Arabic Numerals, with David Eugene Smith (1911), Robert of Chester's Latin Translation of the Algebra of Al-Khowarizmi (1915), and Unified Mathematics, with H. Y. Benedict and J. W. Calhoun (1913), and subsequently produced other publications. He served as the president of the History of Science Society from 1943-44.[3]


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  1. 1900 US Federal Census, New York, Oswego, Oswego Ward 3, District 123, Page 7
  2. Obituary of Marie Engesser Karpinski, Oswego Daily Times, August 15, 1904.
  3. The History of Science Society "The Society: Past Presidents of the History of Science Society", accessed 4 December 2013


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