Johannes van der Corput

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Johannes van der Corput
Born (1890-09-04)September 4, 1890
Rotterdam
Died September 16, 1975(1975-09-16) (aged 85)
Amsterdam
Nationality  Dutch
Fields Mathematics
Institutions University of Fribourg
University of Groningen
University of Amsterdam
University of California, Berkeley
Alma mater Universiteit Leiden
Doctoral advisor Jan Cornelis Kluyver
Doctoral students Jurjen Koksma
Cornelis Simon Meijer
Jan Popken
Known for Van der Corput's method for exponential sums
Van der Corput lemma
Van der Corput sequence

Johannes Gualtherus van der Corput (September 4, 1890 – September 16, 1975) was a Dutch mathematician, working in the field of analytic number theory.

He was appointed professor at the University of Fribourg (Switzerland) in 1922, at the University of Groningen in 1923, and at the University of Amsterdam in 1946. He was one of the founders of the Mathematisch Centrum in Amsterdam, of which he also was the first director. From 1953 on he worked in the United States at the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Among his students were Jurjen Koksma and Jan Popken. His Erdős number is 2.

He introduced the Van der Corput lemma, a technique for creating an upper bound on the measure of a set drawn from harmonic analysis, and the Van der Corput theorem on equidistribution modulo 1.

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