Eduardus M. de Jager (1927-2015), mathematician

Eduard de Jager
  1. Personal information
  2. Education and professional career
  3. Editorial activities
  4. Books and Book Chapters
  5. Theses supervised
  6. Publications in Journals and transactions
  7. Reports
  8. Miscellaneous

Personal information

Eduardus M. (Eduard) de Jager was born in Uitgeest,
the Netherlands, on 3 February 1927. In 1970, he married
Catharina M.T. Vesseur. They have two children,
Eduard J.J. de Jager (1971) and Folkert G.J. de Jager (1973).

Since 1992, Eduard de Jager was Emeritus Professor at the Korteweg-de Vries Institute for Mathematics of the University of Amsterdam, and in that year he became Knight in the Order of the Dutch Lion (Ridder in de Orde van de Nederlandse Leeuw).

Eduard de Jager passed away on 17 July 2015 in Baambrugge, near Amsterdam.
See three overlijdensadvertenties (death notices) in the Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad of 21 July 2015: by the familyby the University of Amsterdam,  and by the University of Twente.
An In Memoriam (in Dutch) by Henk Pijls and Jan Wiegerinck appeared in Nieuw Archief voor Wiskunde (5) 17 (2016), nr. 2, pp. 126-127.

About the photo: This was taken by Walter Hoffmann during lunch after a colloquium lecture on 7 February 2007, briefly after Eduard's 80th birthday which he then celebrated at the Korteweg-de Vries Institute.

Education and professional career

Furthermore, Eduard the Jager was Niederländischer Gastprofessor in Nordrhein-Westfalen at the Universität zu Köln from October 1975 to February 1976 and from April 1992 to June 1992.

Apart from that, he was Advisory Professor at the Shanghai University of Technology in the People's Republic of China from March to May 1986.

Editorial activities

Eduard de Jager was Advisory Editor for the journals

and Managing Editor for the journal as well as editor for the following publications:

Books and Book Chapters

E.M. de Jager, Applications of distributions in mathematical physics. Mathematical Centre Tracts 10, Amsterdam, 1964, 182 pp.; second ed. 1969;  MR0182179.

E.M. de Jager, Theory of distributions. pp. 52-110 (Chapter II) in Mathematics applied to physics, E. Roubine (ed.). UNESCO, Springer-Verlag, 1970;  MR0262823.

E. van Groesen and E.M. de Jager, Mathematical Structures in Continuous Dynamical Systems. Studies in Mathematical Phyics, vol.6, North Holland Publishing Co., Amsterdam, 1994, xiv+617 pp.;  MR1327526.

E.M. de Jager and Furu Jiang, The Theory of Singular Perturbations. North Holland Series in Applied Mathematics and Mechanics, vol.42, North-Holland Publishing Co., Amsterdam, 1996. xii+340 pp.;  MR1427943.

Theses supervised

D.W. Bresters,
Initial value problems for iterated wave operators.
Technical University Twente, Enschede, 1969.

J.W. de Roever,
Complex Fourier transformation and analytic functionals with unbounded carriers.
coreferent W.T. Van Est.
University of Amsterdam, 1977.

R. Geel,
Singular perturbations of hyperbolic type.
coreferent W. Eckhaus.
University of Amsterdam, 1978.

J.C. Smit,
System theory in analytical chemistry. Some applications to chromatography and titrimetry.
first promotor G. Kafeman, second promotor E.M. de Jager, copromotor and supervisor H.C. Smit, coreferent D.L. Massart.
University of Amsterdam, 1981.

P. Wilders,
Minimization of dispersion in difference methods for hyperbolic conservation laws.
coreferent P.J. van der Houwen.
University of Amsterdam, 1984.

A.P.E. ten Kroode,
Affine Lie algebras and integrable systems.
copromotor and supervisor E.A. de Kerf.
University of Amsterdam, 1988.

E.D. van der Lende,
Super integrable systems.
copromotor and supervisor H.G.J. Pijls.
University of Amsterdam, 1991.

S. Spannenburg,
Geometrical aspects of nonlinear evolution equations.
University of Amsterdam, 1995.

Publications in Journals and Transactions

E.M. de Jager and E. van Spiegel, Bemerkung zur Lösung von Integralgleichungen aus der Tragflügeltheorie. Nationaal Luchtvaartlab. Amsterdam. Bericht MP.91, 1954.

E.M. de Jager, Tables of the aerodynamic aileron-coefficiens for an oscillating wing-aileron system in a subsonic compressible flow. Nationaal Luchtvaartlab. Amsterdam; Verslagen en Verhandelingen 19 (1954), 89–110.

A.I. van de Vooren and E.M. de Jager, Calculation of aerodynamic forces on slowly oscillating rectangular wings in subsonic flow. Nationaal Luchtvaartlab. Amsterdam. Report TN-F.192, 1956, 34 pp.; Verslagen en Verhandelingen 21 (1959), 15–48;  MR0110380.

W. Eckhaus and E.M. de Jager, Linearized theory of lifting sweptback wings at sonic speed. Nationaal Luchtvaartlab. Amsterdam. Report TR-F.206, 1957, 21 pp.; Verslagen en Verhandelingen 21 (1959), 105–125.

E.M. de Jager, Oscillating rectangular wings in supersonic flow with arbitrary bending and torsion mode shapes. I. Development of the theory. Nationaal Luchtvaartlab. Amsterdam. Report TR-W.3, 1959, 31 pp.; Verslagen en Verhandelingen 26 (1962), 71–101;  MR0153243.
(presented at the tenth International Congress of Appl. Mech., Stresa, Italy, 1960)

E.M. de Jager, Oscillating rectangular wings in supersonic flow with arbitrary bending and torsion mode shapes. II. Numerical results. Nationaal Luchtvaartlab. Amsterdam. Report TR-W.5, 1959, 22 pp.; Verslagen en Verhandelingen 26 (1962), 103–124;  MR0153244.
(presented at the tenth International Congress of Appl. Mech., Stresa, Italy, 1960)

E.M. de Jager, The Lorentz-invariant solutions of the Klein-Gordon equation. I, II, III. Nederl. Akad. Wetensch. Proc. Ser. A 66 = Indag. Math. 25 (1963), 515–531, 532–545, 546–558;  MR0158164.

E.M. de Jager and A.I. van de Vooren, Tunnel wall corrections for a wing-flap system between two parallel walls, Nationaal Luchtvaartlab. Amsterdam. Report TR-W.7, 1965, 20 pp.; Verslagen en Verhandelingen 30 (1965).

E.M. de Jager, M. van de Tempel and P. de Bruyne, Permeability of plastic disperse systems. Nederl. Akad. Wetensch. Proc. Ser. B 66 (1963), 17–35.

W. Eckhaus and E.M. de Jager, Asymptotic solutions of singular perturbation problems for linear differential equations of elliptic type. Arch. Rational Mech. Anal. 23 (1966), 26–86;  MR0206464.

E.M. de Jager, The Lorentz-invariant solutions of the Klein-Gordon equation. SIAM J. Appl. Math. 15 (1967), 944–963;  MR0223766.
(Invited Lecture at SIAM Conference on The Applications of Generalized Functions, Stony Brook, NY, 1966)

E.M. de Jager and H. Levine, Reflection and transmission of plane waves by layered periodic media. Appl. Sci. Res. 21 (1969), 87–97.

E.M. de Jager, Singular elliptic perturbations of vanishing first-order differential operators. Lecture Notes in Math., Vol. 280, Springer-Verlag, 1972, pp. 73–86;  MR0427791.
(Conference on the Theory of Ordinary and Partial Differential Equations, Dundee, 1972. Invited Lecture)

E.M. de Jager, On functions holomorphic in tube domains Rn+iC. In: Spectral theory and asymptotics of differential equations (Proc. Conf., Scheveningen, 1973), pp. 137–147. North-Holland Math. Studies, Vol. 13, North-Holland, Amsterdam, 1974;  MR0440057.

E.H. de Groot and E.M. de Jager, On the solution of an integral equation of convolution type. SIAM J. Math. Anal. 6 (1975), 208–227;  MR0380308.

E.M. de Jager, Singular perturbations of hyperbolic type. Nieuw Arch. Wisk. (3) 23 (1975), 145–172;  MR0377242.

E.M. de Jager and T. Küpper, The Schrödinger equation as a singular perturbation problem. Proc. Roy. Soc. Edinburgh Sect. A 82 (1978), 1–11;  MR0524667.

R. Geel and E.M. de Jager, Hyperbolic singular perturbations of nonlinear first order differential equations. In: Differential equations and applications (Proc. Third Scheveningen Conf., Scheveningen, 1977), pp. 75–83, North-Holland Math. Stud., Vol. 31, North-Holland, Amsterdam, 1978;  MR0516170.

R. Geel and E.M. de Jager, Initial value problems for singularly perturbed nonlinear ordinary differential equations. Math. Chronicle 8 (1979), 25–38;  MR0564687.

E.M. de Jager, Singuläre Störungen von nichtlinearen Operatoren. Z. Angew. Math. Mech. 60 (1980), no. 6, T3–T13;  MR0607474.
(Hauptvorlesung GAMM Tagung, Wiesbaden)

J.C. Smit, H.C. Smit and E.M. de Jager, Computer implementation of simulation models for non-linear, non-ideal chromatography. Part 1. Fundamental mathematical considerations. Analytica Chimica Acta 122 (1980), l–26.

J.C. Smit, H.C. Smit and E.M. de Jager, Computer implementation of simulation models for non-linear, non-ideal chromatography. Part 2. Numerical experiments and results [I]. Analytica Chimica Acta 122 (1980), 151–169.

E.M. de Jager and R. Geel, Singular perturbations of hyperbolic type. In: Analytical and numerical approaches to asymptotic problems in analysis (Proc. Conf., Univ. Nijmegen, Nijmegen, 1980), pp. 57–71, North-Holland Math. Stud., Vol. 47, North-Holland, Amsterdam, 1981;  MR0605499.

E.M. de Jager, Introduction to the theory of singular perturbations. In: Third Schnepfenried geometry conference, Vol. 2 (Schnepfenried, 1982), pp. 67–100, Astérisque 109-110, Soc. Math. France, Paris, 1983;  MR0753144.

S.-N. Chow, E.M. de Jager and R. Lutz, The ghost solution of the logistic equation and a singular perturbation problem. In: Advances in computational methods for boundary and interior layers (Dublin, 1984), Adv. Numer. Comput. Ser. Adv. Numer. Comput. Ser. 6, pp. 15–20, Boole, Dúun Laoghaire, 1984;  MR0774629.

E.M. de Jager, Connections and covariant differentiation. In Proceedings Seminar 1981–1982 Mathematical structures in field theories, pp. 87–117, CWI Syllabi 2, CWI, Amsterdam, 1984;  MR0802639.

E.M. de Jager and S. Spannenburg, Prolongation structures and Bäcklund transformations for the matrix Korteweg-de Vries and the boomeron equation. J. Phys. A 18 (1985), 2177–2189;  MR0804316.

J.C. Smit, H.C. Smit and E.M. de Jager, The role of the theoretical plate concept and gamma density functions in studies on mass transport and mass loadability of chromatographic columns. Chromatographia 22 (1986), 123–131.

E.M. de Jager and A. Sevink, A prolongation structure for the nonlinear Schrödinger equation. Trudy Mat. Inst. Steklov. 203 (1994), Izbran. Voprosy Mat. Fiz. i Anal., 292–306; translation in Proc. Steklov Inst. Math. (1995), no. 3 (203), 249–258;  MR1382612.

E.M. de Jager, S. Spannenburg and M.H. Sitters, Bäcklund tranformations of solutions of nonlinear evolution equations and the Lie Bianchi transformation. Phys. A 228 (1996), 126–149;  MR1399284.

J.A. Sparenberg and E.M. de Jager, Concentrated force acting in an inviscid and incompressible parallel flow. Math. Methods Appl. Science. 23 (2000),1637–1654;  MR1797938.

J.A. Sparenberg and E.M. de Jager, New approach to the suction force at the leading edge of a profile with zero thickness. J. Ship Research 48 (2004), 305–310.

E.M. de Jager, De Korteweg-de Vries vergelijking in wezen en verschijning. ITW-Nieuws 12 (2004), no.3, 19–23.

E.M. de Jager, On the origin of the Korteweg-de Vries equation, Forum Berliner Math. Gesellschaft, Band 19, Dezember 2011, pp. 170–195; arXiv:math/0602661v2 [math.HO].


E.M. de Jager, The aerodynamic forces and moments on an oscillating aerofoil with control-surface between two parallel walls. Nationaal Luchtvaartlab. Amsterdam. Report F.140, 1953, i+15 pp.;  MR0060378.

E.M. de Jager, De theorie van de conische velden. Nationaal Luchtvaartlab. Amsterdam. Report F.151, 1955.

E.M. de Jager and A.I. van de Vooren, De theorie der smalle lichamen. Nationaal Luchtvaartlab. Amsterdam. Report F.170, 1955.

E.M. de Jager, Dwarsstabiliteitsafgeleiden voor een pijlvleugel in supersone stroming. Nationaal Luchtvaartlab. Amsterdam. Reports F.164 and F.164a, 1955 and 1956.

A.I. van de Vooren and E.M. de Jager, Investigation on the unsteady effect of the aerodynamic forces at high subsonic Mach number for the snaking motion of airplanes. Nationaal Luchtvaartlab. Amsterdam. Reports F.177 a,b,c, 1955 and 1956.

W. Eckhaus and E.M. de Jager, Linearized theory of lifting sweptback wings at sonic speed (derivation of formulae). Nationaal Luchtvaartlab. Amsterdam. Report TR-F.206a, 1957.

E.M. de Jager, Berekening van de drukverdeling op pijlvormige vleugels volgens de zgn. “slender wing” theorie bij antisymmetrische stationaire stroming. Nationaal Luchtvaartlab. Amsterdam. Report F.220, 1959.

E.M. de Jager, On a nonlinear differential equation in the theory of thermodiffusion in a ternary mixture of gases. Mathematical Centre, Amsterdam, Report TW 72. 1961.

E.M. de Jager and P. Wilders, A case study of the Korteweg-de Vries equation with small dispersion. Dept. of Math. Univ. of Amsterdam, Report 82-07, 1982.


E.M. de Jager. De kracht van de abstractie. Inaugural address, Technische Universiteit Twente, 1965.

E.M. de Jager, De macht van de concrete ervaring. Farewell address, Universiteit van Amsterdam, 1992.

E.M. de Jager, Solitonen en de KdV-vergelijking. Amsterdamse Boekengids Interdisciplinair, no. 8, december 1996, pp. 15–23.

J.G. van der Ploeg, W. Buikhuisen, E.M. de Jager, et al., Gelijkheid voor allen — is dat rechtvaardig?, Nederlands Gesprek Centrum, 1989.

See also various publications downloadable from the CWI repository.

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