John Flinders Petrie

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John Flinders Petrie

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Son of Flinders Petrie and Hilda Petrie

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About John Flinders Petrie

John Flinders Petrie (1907-1972) was the only son of Egyptologist Sir W. M. Flinders Petrie. He was born in 1907 and as a schoolboy showed remarkable promise of mathematical ability. In periods of intense concentration he could answer questions about complicated four-dimensional objects by visualizing them.


He first realized the importance of the regular skew polygons which appear on the surface of regular polyhedra and higher polytopes. He was a lifelong friend of Coxeter, who named these polygons after him.


The idea of Petrie polygons was later extended to semiregular polytopes. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Flinders_Petrie


In 1972, a few months after his retirement, Petrie was killed by a car while attempting to cross a motorway near his home in Surrey.

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John Flinders Petrie's Timeline

1907
1907
1972
1972
Age 65