Alfred Bray Kempe

1849 - 1922

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Alfred Kempe published a false "proof" of the four colour theorem in 1879 which stood until Heawood showed the mistake 11 years later. The 'proof' is however still the basis for the computer aided proof discovered 100 years later.
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List of References (4 books/articles)

A Poster of Alfred Kempe

Mathematicians born in the same country

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Additional Material in MacTutor

  1. Obituary: The Times

Honours awarded to Alfred Kempe
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Fellow of the Royal Society1881
LMS President1892 - 1894


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  1. Amsterdam Netherlands (Some details of linkages)

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