H. F. Baker

Henry Frederick Baker, HF Baker frequently cited, ( born July 3, 1866 in Cambridge, † March 17, 1956 ) was a British mathematician who worked on algebraic geometry.

Baker was the son of a butler. He graduated in 1884 with a scholarship at St. John 's College, Cambridge mathematics, among others, Arthur Cayley. In 1887, he was Senior Wrangler in the Tripos examinations 1889 and Fellow of St. John 's College. In the same year he won the Smith Prize. 1903-1914 he was there Cayley Lecturer and then to 1936 Lowndean professor of geometry and astronomy. In 1936, he went into retirement.

Since staying with Felix Klein in Göttingen he worked on function theory on Riemann surfaces and also published the monograph 1897 Abel's theorem and the allied theory. His employment with the algebraic geometry of the Italian school was reflected in the six-volume textbook series Principles of Geometry ( the last two volumes, the first classical geometry are dedicated ).

He was the editor of the works of James Joseph Sylvester.

According to him, the Baker -Campbell - Hausdorff formula is named in the theory of Lie algebras.

In 1898 he became a Fellow of the Royal Society, the Sylvester Medal he received in 1910. In 1905 he was awarded the De Morgan Medal of the London Mathematical Society. 1910/1911 he was President of the London Mathematical Society. In 1913 he became president of Section A of the British Association.


  • Principles of Geometry (6 volumes), The University Press, Cambridge 1922-1925
  • Abel 's theorem and the allied theory, including the theory of the theta functions, The University Press, Cambridge 1897, 1995
  • An introduction to the theory of multiply periodic functions, The University Press, Cambridge 1907