Louis Charles Karpinski

Louis Charles Karpinski (5 August 1878[1] – 25 January 1956[2]) was an American mathematician.

Louis Charles Karpinski
Louis Charles Karpinski in American Chess Bulletin June 1905.png
Born(1878-08-05)August 5, 1878
DiedJanuary 25, 1956(1956-01-25) (aged 77)


Louis Charles Karpinski was born on August 5, 1878, in Rochester, New York. His parents were Henry Hermanagle Karpinski of Warsaw, Poland and Mary Louise Engesser of Guebwiller, France.[1][3][4] He earned his Bachelor of Arts at Cornell University in 1901 and his Ph.D. at Universität Straßburg in 1903.[1]


At Columbia University, Karpinski became a fellow and a university extension lecturer. He taught at Berea College and at the Normal School in Oswego, New York, now SUNY Oswego. He then accepted a position at the University of Michigan, where he became a full professor of mathematics by 1919. He devoted his attention chiefly to the history and pedagogy of mathematics.[verification needed]

Karpinski served as the president of the History of Science Society from 1943 to 1944.[5]


An authority on the history of science, Karpinski was collaborator on the Archivo di Storia della Scienza and author of The Hindu-Arabic Numerals[6] with David Eugene Smith (1911), Robert of Chester's Latin Translation of the Algebra of Al-Khowarizmi (1915), and Unified Mathematics with Harry Yandell Benedict and John William Calhoun (1913).

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  1. ^ a b c Who's who in Polish America. (1943). United States: Harbinger House. p. 195
  2. ^ Jones, Phillip S. (1956). "Louis C. Karpinski, Historian of Mathematics". Science. 124 (3210): 19. doi:10.1126/science.124.3210.19. PMID 17787853.
  3. ^ 1900 US Federal Census, New York, Oswego, Oswego Ward 3, District 123, Page 7
  4. ^ Obituary of Marie Engesser Karpinski, Oswego Daily Times, August 15, 1904.
  5. ^ The History of Science Society "The Society: Past Presidents of the History of Science Society" Archived 2013-12-12 at the Wayback Machine, accessed 4 December 2013
  6. ^ McKelvey, J. V. (1915). "Book Review: The Hindu-Arabic Numerals". Bulletin of the American Mathematical Society. 21 (4): 202–204. doi:10.1090/S0002-9904-1915-02609-1.

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