Leonard Carlitz (December 26, 1907 – September 17, 1999) was an American mathematician. Carlitz supervised 44 doctorates at Duke University and published over 770 papers.

Chronology

1907 Born Philadelphia, PA, USA

1927 BA, University of Pennsylvania

1930 PhD, University of Pennsylvania, 1930 under Howard Mitchell, who had studied under Oswald Veblen at Princeton

1930–31 at Caltech with E. T. Bell

1931 married Clara Skaler

1931–32 at Cambridge with G. H. Hardy

1932 Joined the faculty of Duke University where he served for 45 years

1938 to 1973 Editorial Board Duke Mathematical Journal (Managing Editor from 1945.)

1939 Birth of son Michael

1940 Supervision of his first doctoral student E. F. Canaday, awarded 1940

1945 Birth of son Robert

1964 First James B. Duke Professor in Mathematics

1977 Supervised his 44th and last doctoral student, Jo Ann Lutz, awarded 1977

1977 Retired

1990 Death of wife Clara, after 59 years of marriage

1999 September 17 Died in Pittsburgh, PA

Mathematical work

The Carlitz module is generalized by the Drinfeld module

An identity regarding Bernoulli numbers

Carlitz wrote about Bessel polynomials

He introduced Al-Salam–Carlitz polynomials.

Carlitz' identity for bicentric quadrilaterals

He conjectured the Carlitz-Wan conjecture, later proved by Daqing Wan.

Publication

Leonard Carlitz published about 771 technical papers comprising approximately 7,000 pages. The effort to edit his collected works, undertaken originally by Professor John Brillhart, is ongoing.[1][2]

See also

Bateman polynomials

Carlitz exponential

Carlitz polynomial (disambiguation)

Maillet's determinant

Reciprocal Fibonacci constant

References

^ Joel V. Brawley, John Brillhart and Henry W. Gould, "Recollections of Leonard Carlitz", Acta Arithmetica, Vol. 152(2012), No. 4, 361–372. ^ Joel V. Brawley, John Brillhart, and Henry W. Gould (editors), "The publications of Leonard Carlitz", Acta Arithmetica. Vol. 152(2012), No. 4, 373–405. Annotated Catalogue of Carlitz's 773 publications.

Joel V. Brawley, Brillhart and Henry E. Gould, "Recollections of Leonard Carlitz", Acta Arithmetica, Vol. 152(2012), No. 4, 361–372.

Joel V. Brawley, John Brillhart, and Henry W. Gould (editors), "The publications of Leonard Carlitz", Acta Arithmetica. Vol. 152(2012), No. 4, 373–405. Annotated Catalogue of Carlitz's 773 publications.

Brawley, Joel V. (2000), "In memoriam: Leonard Carlitz (1907–1999)", Finite Fields and Their Applications, 6 (3): 203–206, doi:10.1006/ffta.2000.0276, ISSN 1071-5797, MR 1772617

Brawley, Joel V. (1995), "Dedicated to Leonard Carlitz: the man and his work", Finite Fields and Their Applications, 1 (2): 135–151, doi:10.1006/ffta.1995.1011, ISSN 1071-5797, MR 1337739

Hayes, David R. (2001), "Leonard Carlitz (1907–1999)" (PDF), Notices of the American Mathematical Society, 48 (11): 1322–1324, ISSN 0002-9920, MR 1870635

Howard, F. T. (2000), "In memoriam—Leonard Carlitz", Fibonacci Quarterly, 38 (4): 316, ISSN 0015-0517, MR 1775253

External links

Obituary at Duke's Math Newsletter

Leonard Carlitz at the Mathematics Genealogy Project

O'Connor, John J.; Robertson, Edmund F., "Leonard Carlitz", MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive, University of St Andrews

zbMATH.org author profile

Hellenica World - Scientific Library

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