Henry Crapo (mathematician)
Henry Crapo at Oberwolfach in 1987
Henry Howland Crapo
August 12, 1932
|Died||September 3, 2019 (aged 87)|
|Alma mater||Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Ph.D.)|
|Known for||Matroid theory|
|Thesis||On the Theory of Combinatorial Independence (1964)|
|Doctoral advisors||Gian-Carlo Rota, Kenneth Hoffman|
Henry Howland Crapo (KRAY-poh; August 12, 1932 – September 3, 2019) was an American-Canadian mathematician who worked in algebraic combinatorics. Over the course of his career, he held positions at several universities and research institutes in Canada and France. He is noted for his work in matroid theory and lattice theory.
Education and career
Crapo was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1932. He received his Ph.D. in 1964 under the supervision of Gian-Carlo Rota and Kenneth Hoffman. He held academic positions at the University of Waterloo, Université de Montréal, INRIA Rocquencourt, and École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales. During his time in Waterloo, Crapo became a Canadian citizen.
Crapo is known for his early work in matroid theory, and for related work in lattice theory. He introduced the beta invariant of a matroid, and published the first paper on the Tutte polynomial (though Tutte had already defined an equivalent polynomial in his thesis). Together with Gian-Carlo Rota, Crapo wrote the first book on matroid theory. He is also known for Crapo's Complementation Theorem in poset Möbius Inversion. Crapo wrote 65 mathematical publications during his career.
Awards and honors
- A special 1999 issue of the journal Advances in Applied Mathematics was dedicated to Crapo on the occasion of his 67th birthday.
Crapo was a patron of the arts. At the University of Waterloo he donated a collection of rare books on the history of dance and ballet, as well as a copy of the Porcellino sculpture of Florence; the latter shoulder-high bronze sculpture of a wild boar later became a mascot for the University of Waterloo Faculty of Arts. He also donated The Temptation of St. Anthony by James Ensor to the Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Antwerp.
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- Kung, Joseph P.S. (1999). "Guest Editor's Introduction". Advances in Applied Mathematics. Elsevier BV. 23 (1): 1–2. doi:10.1006/aama.1999.0642. ISSN 0196-8858.
- Crapo, Henry H. (1967). "A higher invariant for matroids". Journal of Combinatorial Theory. Elsevier BV. 2 (4): 406–417. doi:10.1016/s0021-9800(67)80051-6. ISSN 0021-9800. MR 0215744.
- Crapo, Henry H. (1969). "The Tutte polynomial". Aequationes Mathematicae. Springer Science and Business Media LLC. 3 (3): 211–229. doi:10.1007/bf01817442. ISSN 0001-9054. MR 0215744.
- Crapo, Henry; Rota, Gian-Carlo (1970). On the Foundations of Combinatorial Theory: Combinatorial Geometries. Cambridge, Massachusetts: M.I.T. Press. ISBN 978-0-262-53016-3. MR 0290980. OCLC 117282.
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- Crapo, Henry H. (1966). "The Möbius function of a lattice". Journal of Combinatorial Theory. Elsevier BV. 1 (1): 126–131. doi:10.1016/s0021-9800(66)80009-1. ISSN 0021-9800. MR 0193018.
- Stanley, Richard (2012). Enumerative combinatorics. New York: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 1-107-60262-9. MR 2868112. OCLC 777400915.
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- "Henry Crapo Death Notice" (in French). Retrieved October 25, 2019.
- Penne, Rudi (1999). "Almost Flat Line Configurations". Advances in Applied Mathematics. Elsevier BV. 23 (1): 54–77. doi:10.1006/aama.1999.0647. ISSN 0196-8858. MR 1692976.
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- "The Boar in the News". Special Collections & Archives. University of Waterloo Library. Retrieved October 25, 2019.