On This Day

Mathematics History

Mathematics: Algebra

Historical Events

  • 1581-08-02 Leiden University names Rudolph Snellius as 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

Historic Event

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"

  • 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
  • 2013-03-20 First Breakthrough Prizes, world's most generous science prize worth $3 million, awarded in Mathematics, Life Sciences and Physics established by Julia and Yuri Milner
  • 2018-08-02 Fields Medal for mathematics awarded to Caucher Birkar (his stolen minutes later), Alessio Figalli, Peter Scholze and Akshay Venkatesh
  • 2019-03-19 American Karen Uhlenbeck becomes the 1st woman to win mathematics Abel Prize
  • 2020-09-10 Austrian British researcher Martin Hairer wins Breakthrough prize for mathematics worth $3 million for work on stochastic analysis

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)

William Thomson

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

  • 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-American mathematician and historian, born in Innsbruck, Austria-Hungary (d. 1990)
  • 1910-10-01 José Enrique Moyal, Australian mathematical physicist (d. 1998)
  • 1914-03-26 Toru Kumon, Japanese mathematics educator (Kumon Institute of Education,), born in Kōchi Prefecture, Japan (d. 1995)
  • 1914-10-21 Martin Gardner, Scientific American math & puzzles columnist
  • 1920-03-20 Douglas G Chapman, biomathematical statistician
  • 1937-03-16 Amos Tversky, Israeli cognitive and mathematical psychologist, born in Haifa, Mandatory Palestine (d. 1996)
  • 1938-05-23 Graham "Johnny" Ball, British TV personality and mathematics educator (Play School), born in Bristol, England
  • 1944-12-19 Mitchell Feigenbaum, American mathematical physicist
  • 1951-10-19 Demetrios Christodoulou, Greek mathematical physicist, recipient of the Bôcher Memorial Prize, born in Athens, Greece

Famous Deaths

  • 1864-04-29 Charles-Julien Brianchon, French mathematician (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

William Thomson

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

  • 1920-04-10 Moritz B. Cantor, German historian of mathematics, dies at 90
  • 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)

Famous Mathematicians