Blichfeldt, Hans Frederik
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Blichfeldt, Hans Frederik (09 January 1873–16 November 1945), mathematician, was born in the village of Iller in Grønbaeck Sogn, Denmark, the son of Erhard Christoffer Laurentius Blichfeldt and Nielsine Maria Schøler, farmers. Although not poverty-stricken, the Blichfeldt family lived frugally, and the children worked in their earlier years to help make ends meet. After the family’s move to Copenhagen in 1881, Blichfeldt began to demonstrate his mathematical prowess. By the age of fifteen, he had discovered for himself the solutions of the general polynomial equations of the third and fourth degrees. At this same age, he earned the highest honors on a general preliminary state examination held at the University of Copenhagen. A lack of financial resources, however, prevented Blichfeldt from attending the university....