Mathematics History

Historical Events

  • 1581-08-02 Leiden University names Snellius math professor
  • 1735-07-11 Mathematical calculations suggest that it was on this day that Pluto moved from the ninth to the eighth most distant planet from the Sun for the last time before 1979.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1822-06-14 Charles Babbage proposes a "difference engine" in a paper to the Royal Astronomical Society entitled "Note on the application of machinery to the computation of astronomical and mathematical tables"

Inventor Charles Babbage
Inventor
Charles Babbage
  • 1970-08-24 Bomb kills 1 at U of Wisconsin's Army Math Research Center in Madison
  • 2013-03-20 Pierre Deligne wins the 2013 Abel Prize in mathematics

Famous Birthdays

  • 1798-01-24 Karl von Staudt, German math professor (projective geometrician)
  • 1819-08-09 Jonathan Homer Lane, American astrophysicist who mathematically analyzed the Sun as a gaseous body, born in Geneseo, New York (d. 1880)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1824-06-26 William Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin, Irish-Scottish mathematical physicist (Kelvin Scale) and engineer (transatlantic telegraph), born in Belfast, Ireland (d. 1907)

Mathematical Physicist and Engineer William Thomson
Mathematical Physicist and Engineer
William Thomson
  • 1829-08-23 Moritz B Cantor, German historian of mathematics, born in Mannheim, Germany (d. 1920)
  • 1881-03-04 Richard C. Tolman, American mathematical physicist (d. 1948)
  • 1899-05-26 Otto E Neugebauer, Austrian/US math historian
  • 1910-10-01 José Enrique Moyal, Australian mathematical physicist (d. 1998)
  • 1914-10-21 Martin Gardner, Scientific American math & puzzles columnist
  • 1920-03-20 Douglas G Chapman, biomathematical statistician
  • 1944-12-19 Mitchell Feigenbaum, American mathematical physicist
  • 1951-10-19 Demetrios Christodoulou, Greek mathematical physicist, recipient of the Bôcher Memorial Prize

Famous Deaths

  • 1864-04-29 Charles-Julien Brianchon, math (Brianchon's theorem), dies at 80
  • 1880-05-03 Jonathan Homer Lane, American astrophysicist who mathematically analyzed the Sun as a gaseous body, dies at 60

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1907-12-17 William Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin, Irish-Scottish mathematical physicist (Kelvin Scale) and engineer (transatlantic telegraph), dies of a chill at 83

Mathematical Physicist and Engineer William Thomson
Mathematical Physicist and Engineer
William Thomson
  • 1948-09-05 Richard C. Tolman, American mathematical physicist (b. 1881)
  • 1996-07-09 Douglas G Chapman, biomathematical statistician, dies at 76
  • 1998-05-22 José Enrique Moyal, mathematical physicist (b. 1910)