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was one of the most celebrated historians of mathematics in his day.
Florian Cajori emigrated to the United States at the age of sixteen. He received a Ph.D. at Tulane University
Tulane University is a private, nonsectarian research university located in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States...
, where he taught for a few years before being driven north by his health. He taught at Colorado College
The Colorado College is a private liberal arts college in Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States, in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. It was founded in 1874 by Thomas Nelson Haskell...
, where he founded the Colorado College Scientific Society. Even today his History of Mathematical Notations
(1928–29) has been described as "unsurpassed." In 1918, he was appointed to a specially created chair in history of mathematics at the University of California, Berkeley
The University of California, Berkeley , is a teaching and research university established in 1868 and located in Berkeley, California, USA...
. He remained in Berkeley, California until his death in 1930.
His last work was revising Motte's Translation of Newton's Principia, vol.1 The Motion of Bodies, but he died before it was finished. The work was finished by R.T.Crawford of Berkeley, California.