Rehuel Lobatto

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Rehuel Lobatto
Plaque in Delft

Rehuel Lobatto (June 6, 1797 – February 9, 1866) was a Dutch mathematician. Lobatto was born in Amsterdam to a Portuguese Jewish family. As a schoolboy Lobatto already displayed remarkable talent for mathematics.[1] He studied mathematics under Adolphe Quetelet coediting "Correspondance Mathématique et Physique." Working for the Dutch government he became secretary of a statistical commission in 1831.[2] In 1836 he became member of the Royal Institute, predecessor of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences.[3] In 1842 he became a teacher at the Polytechnical School of Delft.

The Gauss-Lobatto quadrature method is named after him.


  1. ^ Entry in jewishencyclopedia
  2. ^ Butter, Irene Hasenberg (1970-07-31). Academic economics in Holland 1800–1870. Springer. ISBN 90-247-0518-5. 
  3. ^ "Rehuel Lobatto (1797 - 1866)". Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 18 July 2015. 

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