Helge von Koch
Niels Fabian Helge von Koch (January 25, 1870 - March 11, 1924) was a Swedish mathematician, who gave his name to the famous fractal known as the Koch curve, which was one of the earliest fractal curves to have been described.
He was born into a family of Swedish nobility. His grandfather, Nils Samuel von Koch (1801-1881), was the Attorney-General ("Justitiekansler") of Sweden. His father, Richert Vogt von Koch (1838-1913) was a Lieutenant-Colonel in the Royal Horse Guards of Sweden.
He described the Koch curve in a 1904 paper entitled "Sur une courbe continue sans tangente, obtenue par une construction géométrique élémentaire".
- The Plantagenet Roll of the Blood Royal (Mortimer-Percy Volume) by the Marquis of Ruvigny and Raineval (1911), pages 250 - 251
- O'Connor, John J., and Edmund F. Robertson. "Helge von Koch". MacTutor History of Mathematics archive.