Leroy Milton Kelly

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Leroy Milton Kelly (8 May 1914 – 21 February 2002[1]) was an American mathematician whose research primarily concerned combinatorial geometry.[2] In 1986 he settled a conjecture of Jean-Pierre Serre by proving that n points in complex 3-space, not all lying on a plane, determine an ordinary line--that is, a line containing only two of the n points.

L. M. Kelly received his Ph.D. at the University of Missouri in 1948, advised by Leonard Mascot Blumenthal.[2][3]

Selected publications[edit]


  1. ^ Death-Record for Leroy M Kelly: Holt, Michigan.
  2. ^ a b Leroy Milton Kelly at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  3. ^ Kelly, Leroy Milton (1948), New Properties of Elliptic Space, Ph.D. thesis, University of Missouri .