Henry Burchard Fine

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Henry Burchard Fine
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Born(1858-09-14)September 14, 1858
DiedDecember 22, 1928(1928-12-22) (aged 70)
NationalityUnited States
Alma materUniversity of Leipzig
Princeton University
ChildrenJohn B. Fine
May Margaret Fine
Scientific career
InstitutionsPrinceton University
Doctoral advisorsFelix Klein
Carl Neumann

Henry Burchard Fine (September 14, 1858 – December 22, 1928) was an American university dean and mathematician.

Life and career[edit]

Fine was born at Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, and was educated at Princeton University (A.B., 1880) and the University of Leipzig (Ph.D., 1885) universities. His Ph.D. thesis, On the singularities of curves of double curvature, was written under the supervision of Felix Klein and Carl Neumann.

At Princeton he was assistant professor (1885–1890), then became professor in 1890, and he also was dean of the faculty from 1903–1912 and dean of the department of science after 1909.

He was president of the American Mathematical Society in 1911–12.

Fine wrote:

Fine Hall, the building housing the Mathematics Department at Princeton, was named after him, in recognition of his key role in developing the mathematics faculty.



  • Wikisource-logo.svg This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainGilman, D. C.; Peck, H. T.; Colby, F. M., eds. (1905). "article name needed". New International Encyclopedia (1st ed.). New York: Dodd, Mead.
  • O'Connor, John J.; Robertson, Edmund F., "Henry Burchard Fine", MacTutor History of Mathematics archive, University of St Andrews.
  • Henry Burchard Fine at the Mathematics Genealogy Project

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Academic offices
Preceded by
Dr. John Thomas Duffield
Dod Professor of Mathematics at Princeton University
Succeeded by
Luther P. Eisenhart