Leonard Blumenthal

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Leonard Mascot Blumenthal (February 27, 1901 – August 1984) was an American mathematician.

He received his Ph.D. in 1927 from Johns Hopkins University, under the supervision of Frank Morley; his dissertation was titled Lagrange Resolvents in Euclidean Geometry.[1] He taught for the majority of his professional career at the University of Missouri and was the author of A Modern View of Geometry.[2]

He was a visiting scholar at the Institute for Advanced Study from 1933 to 1936.[3] According to the Mathematics Genealogy Project, he had 18 Ph.D. students at Missouri, among them Leroy Milton Kelly and William Arthur Kirk; he is the academic ancestor of over 80 mathematicians.[1]

The Leonard M. Blumenthal Distinguished Professorship in Mathematics at the University of Missouri was established in 1992 in honor of Blumenthal. This endowed chair is given on a five-year rotating basis to Missouri mathematics professors; the Blumenthal Professors at Missouri have included John Beem, Mark Ashbaugh, Alex Koldobsky, and Zhenbo Qin.[4]



  • Blumenthal L.M. Theory and applications of distance geometry (1953), Oxford: At the Clarendon Press (Geoffrey Cumberlege), XI, 347 p.
  • Blumenthal L.M. Theory and applications of distance geometry, (2nd edition, 1970), Bronx, New York: Chelsea Publishing Company. XI, 347 p., ISBN 0-8284-0242-6

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