Christoph Scriba

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Christoph J. Scriba (October 6, 1929 – July 26, 2013) was a German historian of mathematics.[1]

Life and work[edit]

Scriba was born in Darmstadt and studied at Justus-Liebig-University Giessen. He read James Gregory's early writings on the calculus with Joseph Ehrenfried Hofmann, and was awarded his doctorate in 1957. Continuing with J.E. Hofmann, and with Bernard Sticker, he investigated the papers of John Wallis in Oxford in 1966, contributing to Studies on the Mathematics John Wallis.

Scriba then taught at the University of Kentucky, the University of Massachusetts and at the University of Toronto from 1959 to 1962. From 1969 he was the owner of the newly established Chair of the History of Mathematics at the TU Berlin . From 1975 until his retirement in 1995, he was Professor of History of Natural Science and Mathematics at the University of Hamburg and Director of the Institute. His successor there was Karin Reich. Scriba was the Executive Committee of the ICHM (International Commission on the History of Mathematics) and its president from 1977 to 1985. He is a member of Jungius company in Hamburg, the Leopoldina, the International Academy of the History of Science, and since 1995 the Göttingen Academy of Sciences. In 1993 he was awarded the Kenneth O. May Prize of the ICHM. He was the doctorate advisor of Eberhard Knobloch. He died in July 2013 in Hamburg.


  • The Concept of Number – a chapter in the history of mathematics, with applications of interest to teachers, BI university paperback 1968
  • Editor with Philip Beeley: The Correspondence of John Wallis, 2 volumes, Oxford University Press
  • Published by Joseph Dauben: Writing the History of Mathematics—its historic development, Birkhauser, 2002.
  • Peter Schreiber: geometry 5000 years – history, culture, people, Springer, 2004
  • Studies on the mathematics of John Wallis (1616–1703): angular divisions, combining theory and number theory problems. In the appendix the books and manuscripts of Valais . Wiesbaden 1966 (habilitation)
  • By Edward Seidler, Wieland Berg (Editor): The elite of the nation in the Third Reich – The ratio of scientific academies and their environment to Nazism, Leopoldina symposium, Hall 1995


Joseph W. Dauben et al. (eds): History of mathematics. State of the Art Flores quadrivii. Studies in Honor of Christoph J. Scriba . Academic Press, San Diego, CA et al. 1996, ISBN 0-12-204055-4 .


  1. ^ "Christoph J. Scriba (1929-2013)". Retrieved 2013-08-31. 

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