Willem Abraham Wythoff
Willem Abraham Wijthoff
6 October 1865
|Died||21 May 1939 (aged 73)|
|Alma mater||University of Amsterdam|
|Known for||Wythoff's game, Wythoff construction, Wythoff symbol|
|Doctoral advisor||Diederik Korteweg|
Wythoff was born in Amsterdam to Anna C. F. Kerkhoven and Abraham Willem Wijthoff, who worked in a sugar refinery. He studied at the University of Amsterdam, and earned his Ph.D. in 1898 under the supervision of Diederik Korteweg.
Wythoff is known in combinatorial game theory and number theory for his study of Wythoff's game, whose solution involves the Fibonacci numbers. The Wythoff array, a two-dimensional array of numbers related to this game and to the Fibonacci sequence, is also named after him.