# A brief history of the professors at the department of Mathematics

When KTH received university status as an institute of technology in 1879 the mathematical education was led by two professors, Emil Fogelmarck and Hjalmar Holmgren. The latter was also responsible for the teaching of mechanics. These two men were appointed during a time when the school was still called an "Engineering Institute" and the theoretical part of the curriculum was somewhat controversial. (This is described by Torsten Althin in his interesting historical work "KTH 1912-1962.")

Mathematics, however, soon got a fairly unchallenged position at KTH, probably largely influenced by Anders Lindstedt who was professor of mathematics and theoretical mechanics in 1886-1909 and who also was KTH's president from 1902 to 1909.

Later development of mathematics at KTH is reflected partly in the following list of professors 1857-1994.

It is noteworthy that the number of professors of mathematical subjects rose by two to three in 1912 and rose further to six in the expansion era of KTH (after 1950).

It may also be noted that the previous broad topics for professorships, such as "Mathematics and Mechanics", were recently replaced with somewhat more specialized topics, such as professorships in mathematical statistics and optimization theory and systems theory. Also new chairs in the mechanical and physical fields have been appointed in the same tradition. Although, these no longer belong to the actual department of mathematics.

As an addendum to the list of professors it should perhaps be mentioned that Lennart Carleson after his formal retirement in 1994, was affiliated to the department by a senior professorship funded by the Göran Gustafsson Foundation.

Professor | Period of service | Subject area |
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Hjalmar Holmgren | 1857‒1885 | Mathematics and mechanics |

Emil Fogelmarck | 1874‒1899 | Mathematics |

Anders Lindstedt | 1886‒1909 | Mathematics and theoretical mechanics |

Ivar Bendixon | 1900‒1905 | Mathematics |

Helge von Koch | 1905‒1911 | Mathematics |

Pontus Henriques | 1912‒1917 | Descriptive geometry |

Gustaf Kobb | 1912‒1928 | Mathematics and mechanics |

Johannes Malmquist | 1913‒1948 | Mathematics |

Fritz Carlsson | 1920‒1929 | Descriptive geometry |

Alfred Liljeström | 1930‒1948 | Descriptive geometry (from 1939: Applied mathematics) |

David Enskog | 1930‒1946 | Mathematics and mechanics |

Åke Pleijel | 1949‒1952 | Mathematics |

Carl-Gustav Esseen | 1949‒1967 | Applied mathematics (from 1962: Mathematical statistics) |

Lamek Hultén | 1949‒1954 | Applied mathematics (from 1954: Mathematical physics) |

Adolf Eriksson | 1949‒1955 | Mathematics and mechanics (from 1955: Mechanics) |

Göran Borg | 1954‒1976 | Mathematics |

Bo Kjellberg | 1957‒1982 | Mathematics |

Ulf Hellsten | 1969‒1984 | Mathematics |

Bengt Rosén | 1969‒1986 | Mathematical statistics |

Ulf Grenander | 1969‒1973 | Applied mathematics |

Lars-Erik Zachrisson | 1969‒1980 | Optimization and systems theory |

Lars Ingelstam | 1974‒1979 | Applied mathematics |

Harold Shapiro | 1978‒1993 | Mathematical analysis |

Anders Lindquist | 1982‒ | Optimization and systems theory |

Per Enflo | 1983‒1990 | Applied mathematics, espec. Differential equations |

Dan Laksov | 1986‒2007 | Applied mathematics |

Anders Björner | 1987‒ | Discrete mathematics (from 1992: Mathematics) |

Lars Holst | 1989‒2007 | Mathematical statistics |

Michael Benedicks | 1991‒ | Mathematics |

Per Sjölin | 1994‒2007 | Mathematical analysis |