Patrick you Val

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Patrick du Val (born March 26, 1903 in Cheadle Hulme , Cheshire , † January 22, 1987 in Cambridge ) was an English mathematician who dealt with geometry and algebraic geometry , among other things .


Du Val was a sickly adolescent and was tutored by his mother (the parents were divorced) and a correspondence course from the University of London , which he graduated with top marks in 1926. In addition to mathematical interests, he was also interested in languages ​​and taught himself Norwegian, for example, to read Henrik Ibsen . In 1927 he began his studies at Trinity College of Cambridge University , where he was under the influence of Henry Frederick Baker was interested in algebraic geometry, which he also at Baker 1930 doctorate was ( On Certain Configurations of Algebraic Geometry Having Groups of self-transformation representable by Symmetry Groups of Certain Polygons ). His fellow students in Cambridge included Harold Scott MacDonald Coxeter , William Vallance Douglas Hodge and John Greenlees Semple , with whom he was friends.

In 1930 he became a Fellow of Trinity College for four years and traveled to Rome, where he worked with Federigo Enriques , and to Princeton , where he heard, among others, Solomon Lefschetz , Hermann Weyl and Joseph Wedderburn . From 1936 to 1941 he was a lecturer at the University of Manchester and then went to Istanbul as a professor , financed by the British Council . He learned the Turkish language and even wrote a textbook in Turkish. He still taught in the USA at the University of Georgia and then in England at the University of Bristol and from 1953 at University College London , where he stayed until his retirement in 1970 and led the geometry seminar with Semple. After that, he went to his old post in Istanbul for another three years, and then finally retired in Cambridge.

Among other things, he worked on algebraic surfaces, where a singularity (a colon) bears his name.

Fonts (selection)

  • On isolated singularities of surfaces which do not affect the conditions of adjunction. I, II, III, Proceedings of the Cambridge Philosophical Society, Vol. 30 (1934), pp. 453, 460.
  • On surfaces whose canonical system is hyperelliptic. In: Canadian Journal of Mathematics , Vol. 4 (1952), p. 204.
  • Homographies, quaternions and rotations (Oxford Mathematical Monographs). Clarendon Press, Oxford 1964.
  • Elliptic functions and elliptic curves (London Mathematical Society Lecture Note Series, No. 9). Cambridge University Press 1973.


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