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John Flinders Petrie

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John Flinders Petrie (April 26, 1907-1972) was an English mathematician who demonstrated remarkable geometric aptitude in his youth. He met the great geometer Harold Scott MacDonald Coxeter as a student, beginning a lifelong friendship. They collaborated in discovering infinite warped polyhedra and (finite) warped polyhedra in the fourth dimension, analogous to the previous ones. In addition to being the first to realize the importance of the warped polygon that now bears his name, his skills as a draftsperson are still appreciated. Biography Petrie was born on April 26, 1907, in Hampstead, London. He was the only son of the renowned Egyptologists Sir William Matthew Flinders Petrie and Hilda Petrie. As a student, he showed the remarkable potential of his mathematical abilities, and his incredible visual memory, which his father also showed, allowed him to visualize complex geometries. While studying at a boarding school, he met Coxeter in a sanatorium while recovering from
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