Schläfli, Ludwig (1814–1895)
Schläfli started out as a schoolteacher and amateur mathematician. He was also was an expert linguist and spoke many languages, including Sanskrit. In 1843 he served as a translator for the great mathematicians Jakob Steiner, Karl Jacobi, and Peter Dirichlet during their visit to Rome and learned a great deal from them. Ten years later he became professor of mathematics at Bern. However, his true importance was only appreciated following the publication of his magnum opus Theory of Continuous Manifolds in 1901, several years after his death.
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