Gregorio Fontana

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Gregorio Fontana
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Born (1735-12-07)7 December 1735
Nogaredo, Italy
Died 24 August 1803(1803-08-24) (aged 67)
Milan, Italy
Nationality Italian
Known for polar coordinates
Scientific career
Fields Geometry
Notable students Pietro Paoli

Gregorio Fontana (7 December 1735 – 24 August 1803) was an Italian mathematician. He was chair of mathematics at the university of Pavia succeeding Roger Joseph Boscovich. He has been credited with the introduction of polar coordinates.[1][2]

His brother was the physicist Felice Fontana (1730–1805).


  1. ^ David Eugene Smith (1 June 1958). History of mathematics. Courier Dover Publications. pp. 324–. ISBN 978-0-486-20430-7. Retrieved 13 August 2011. 
  2. ^ Marie-Nicolas Bouillet and Alexis Chassang Gregorio Fontana in Dictionnaire universel d’histoire et de géographie, 1878