Orrin Frink

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Orrin Frink, Jr.
Born (1901-05-31)May 31, 1901
Brooklyn, New York
Died March 4, 1988(1988-03-04) (aged 86)
Kennebunkport, Maine
Residence USA
Nationality American
Fields Mathematics
Institutions Pennsylvania State University
Alma mater Columbia University
Known for Frink ideal

Orrin Frink, Jr. (31 May 1901 – 4 March 1988)[1] was an American mathematician who introduced Frink ideals in 1954.

Frink earned a doctorate from Columbia University in 1926 or 1927.[1][2] and worked on the faculty of Pennsylvania State University for 41 years, 11 of them as department chair.[1] His time at Penn State was interrupted by service as assistant chief engineer at the Special Projects Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base during World War II, and by two Fulbright fellowships to Dublin, Ireland in the 1960s.[3]

Aline Huke Frink, his wife, was also a mathematician at Penn State.[3] Their son, also named Orrin Frink, became a professor of Slavic languages at Ohio University and Iowa State University.[3][4]

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  • Who Was Who in America: with World Notables (ISBN 0837902177), by Marquis Who's Who, Inc., Volume 9, 1989.

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