Gian Francesco Malfatti (1731-1807)

The famous Malfatti problem, to construct in a triangle three circles, each tangent to the other two and to two sides of the triangle, was first solved analytically by Malfatti in 1802. Because of their close connection to the Malfatti problem, certain recently discovered triangle centers are now known as the Ajima-Malfatti points and the Yff-Malfatti point.

After completing his studies in Bologna, Malfatti founded a school of mathematics and physics at Ferrara in 1754. He became professor of mathematics at the re-established University of Ferrera in 1771.

Two-hundred twenty-seven years later, Professor Luigi Pepe of the same mathematics department kindly contributed the likeness of Malfatti which you see here.

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Yff-Malfatti point
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