Eberhard Melchior

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This article is about the 20th-century mathematician. For the 17th-century naturalist, see Eberhard Melchior (naturalist).

Eberhard Melchior is a German mathematician who provided the first proof of Sylvester's line problem in 1940.[1] He also discovered the related inequality now named after him.

E. Melchior was born in Dresden on November 12, 1912. He studied at the University of Göttingen and at the Dresden Technical University (TH Dresden). He obtained his Ph.D. at Berlin University on June 2, 1937, with a thesis on a problem on the theory of configurations[2] advised by Ludwig Bieberbach.[3][4]


  1. ^ E. Melchior (1940), Über Vielseite der Projektive Ebene. Deutsche Math. volume 5, pages 461–475
  2. ^ Eberhard Melchior (1937), Untersuchungen über ein Problem aus der Theorie der Konfigurationen. Ph.D. thesis, Berlin University.
  3. ^ Eberhard Melchior's entry in the Mathematics Genealogy Project at University of North Dakota. Accessed on 2009-12-30.
  4. ^ Eberhard Melchior entries in the Deutsche Mathematiker Vereinung database