Gerrit van Iterson
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Iterson studied in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the Polytechnic in Delft from 1897 to 1901. He studied chemistry under H. Behrens and Microbiology under Martinus Willem Beijerinck. He got a PhD in 1907 with a thesis on phyllotaxis, where he fielded a mathematical theory for leaf growth (Mathematical und Studien über microscopic anatomical Blattstellungen, etc.). He also created a diagram that came to be called the Van Iterson Diagram, based on his studies of how spheres can be arranged in a regular cylindrical pattern called a 'rhombic lattice'. Smith College's "About Phyllotaxis" page notes that the Van Iterson Diagram of plant growth is related to a tiling of the hyperbolic plane.
Iterson became professor at Delft. He was also the founder of the Cultuurtuin Technical Crops, today known as the TU Delft Botanical Garden. In 1918 he became a member of the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences. He retired in 1948.
- A.D.J. Meeuse, Life Message G. of Iterson 1972, Amsterdam, pp . 122-126
- page for Gerrit van Iterson on the website of the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences
- Page about Gerrit van Iterson on the website of TU Delft
- Mathematische und mikroskopisch-anatomische Studien über Blattstellungen. . . , 1907, Google eBook edition of one of Iterson's works
- About Phyllotaxis: History. Smith College. Retr 2013 9 23