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Rudolf Wolf

7 July 1816, Fällanden, Switzerland
6 December 1893

Wolf taught mathematics and physics at the Realschule of Bern, mathematics and astronomy at the university of Bern and astronomy at both the Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule and University of Zürich. In 1843 he founded the journal Mittheilungen der Naturforschenden Gesellschaft in Bern.

Wolf became interested in geometric probability upon reading a description of Buffon's needle problem. The two papers of interest are both from this journal.