Edouard Zeckendorf

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Edouard Zeckendorf (2 May 1901 – 16 May 1983) was a Belgian doctor, army officer and mathematician. In mathematics, he is best known for his work on Fibonacci numbers and in particular for proving Zeckendorf's theorem.

Zeckendorf was born in Liège in 1901. He was the son of a Dutch dentist, a practicing Jew.[1] In 1925, Zeckendorf graduated as a medical doctor from the University of Liège and joined the Belgian Army medical corps. When Germany invaded Belgium in 1940, Zeckendorf was taken prisoner and remained a prisoner of war until 1945. During this period, he provided medical care to other allied POWs.

Zeckendorf retired from the army in 1957 as a Colonel.


  1. ^ Kimberling, Clark (1998). "Edouard Zeckendorf" (PDF). Fibonacci Quarterly. 36 (5): 416–418.