Mathematicians in History (Part 5)

Mathematics: Algebra - Statisticians

Historical Events


Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 401 - 499 of 499

  • 1915-02-11 Richard Hamming, American Mathematician and Computer Scientist (Hamming code), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1915-03-05 Laurent Schwartz, French mathematician (d. 2002)
  • 1915-06-11 Nicholas Metropolis, Greek-American mathematician, physicist and computer scientist, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1999)
  • 1915-10-25 Ivan M. Niven, Canadian-American mathematician, born in Vancouver (d. 1999)
  • 1916-01-24 John Corner, British mathematician, born in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom (d. 1996)
  • 1916-02-06 John Crank, British mathematician, born in Hindley, United Kingdom (d. 2006)
  • 1916-04-30 Claude Shannon, American mathematician and information theorist (A Mathematical Theory of Communication), born in Petoskey, Michigan (d. 2001)
  • 1916-05-10 Milton Babbitt, American mathematician, composer of serial and electronic music (Correspondences), and teacher (Princeton; Juilliard), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2011)
  • 1917-05-23 Edward Norton Lorenz, American mathematician and meteorologist, born in West Hartford, Connecticut (d. 2008)
  • 1917-06-14 Atle Selberg, Norwegian mathematician (number theory), born in Langesund, Norway (d. 2007)
  • 1917-09-21 Phyllis Nicolson, British mathematician (Crank-Nicolson method), born in Macclesfield, Cheshire, England (d. 1968)
  • 1918-08-26 Katherine Johnson, American NASA mathematician (portrayed in film Hidden Figures), born in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia (d. 2020)
  • 1919-09-27 James H. Wilkinson, American mathematician (d. 1986)
  • 1919-10-31 Magnus Wenninger, American mathematician and author of Polyhedron models, born in Park Falls, Wisconsin (d. 2017)
  • 1919-12-19 Benedict Freedman, novelist and mathematician (Mrs Mike), born in NYC, New York (d. 2012)
  • 1920-04-27 Mark Krasnosel'skii, Russian-Ukrainian mathematician (nonlinear functional analysis), born in Starokostiantyniv, Ukraine (d. 1997)
  • 1920-09-09 Feng Kang, Chinese mathematician (d. 1993)
  • 1920-09-14 Alberto Calderón, Argentine mathematician, born in Mendoza, Argentina (d. 1998)
  • 1920-10-24 Marcel-Paul Schützenberger, French mathematician, born in Paris (d. 1996)
  • 1920-11-04 Georges Papy, Belgian mathematician (Numbers Game), born in Anderlecht, Belgium (d. 2011)
  • 1921-03-11 Frank Harary, American mathematician (d. 2005)
  • 1921-10-06 Yevgeniy Landis, Russian mathematician (d. 1997)
  • 1921-10-22 Alexander Kronrod, Russian mathematician (d. 1986)
  • 1922-03-07 Olga Aleksandrovna Ladyzhenskaya, Russian mathematician (fluid dynamics), born in Kologriv, Soviet Russia (d. 2004)
  • 1923-01-01 Daniel Gorenstein, American mathematician (d. 1992)
  • 1923-05-21 Armand Borel, Swiss mathematician (d. 2003)
  • 1923-06-02 Lloyd Shapley, Mathematician (2012 Nobel Prize Game Theory), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts (d. 2016)
  • 1923-06-03 Igor Shafarevich, Russian mathematician, born in Zhitomir, Ukraine (d. 2017)
  • 1923-09-02 Rene Thom, French mathematician (d. 2002)
  • 1924-05-11 Eugene Dynkin, Russian mathematician
  • 1924-05-12 Alexander Esenin-Volpin, Russian mathematician
  • 1924-11-20 Benoit Mandelbrot, Polish-French-American mathematician (proved Zipf's law), born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 2010)
  • 1924-12-06 Sergey Yablonsky, Soviet and Russian mathematician and one of the founders of the Soviet school of mathematical cybernetics and discrete mathematics (d. 1998), born in Moscow, Russia
  • 1926-05-01 Peter Lax, Hungarian Mathematician
  • 1926-09-15 Jean-Pierre Serre, French mathematician
  • 1927-07-10 Grigory Barenblatt, Russian mathematician, born in Moscow, Russia (d. 2018)
  • 1927-08-02 Peter Swinnereton-Dyer, English mathematician, born in Ponteland, Northumberland
  • 1927-11-12 Yutaka Taniyama, Japanese mathematician (d. 1958)
  • 1928-03-01 Seymour Papert, South African mathematician, born in Pretoria (d. 2016)
  • 1928-03-28 Alexander Grothendieck, German-French mathematician, born in Berlin (d. 2014)
  • 1928-04-09 Tom Lehrer, American musician ("The Elements"), satirist (That Was The Week That Was), and mathematician, born in NYC, New York

Person of interestJohn Nash

1928-06-13 John Nash, American mathematician (subject of movie "A Beautiful Mind") and Nobel laureate, born in Bluefield, West Virginia

Mathematician and Economist John Nash
Mathematician and Economist
John Nash
  • 1929-04-22 Michael Atiyah, English mathematician (Atiyah-Singer Index, Fields Medal 1966), born in London, England (d. 2019)
  • 1929-07-17 Sergei K. Godunov, Russian mathematician
  • 1930-06-08 Robert Aumann, German-Israeli mathematician (The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel 2005), born in Frankfurt, Germany
  • 1930-07-15 Stephen Smale, American mathematician
  • 1930-08-12 Jacques Tits, Belgian mathematician
  • 1931-04-25 Felix Berezin, Russian physicist and mathematician (Berezin integral), born in Moscow (d. 1980)
  • 1932-02-29 Gene Golub, American mathematician (d. 2007)
  • 1932-04-27 Gian-Carlo Rota, Italian-born American mathematician and philosopher, born in Vigevano, Italy (d. 1999)
  • 1934-03-23 Ludvig Faddeev, Russian mathematician
  • 1934-04-02 Paul Joseph Cohen, American mathematician (Cohen forcing, Continuum hypothesis), born in Long Branch, New Jersey (d. 2007)
  • 1934-10-12 Albert Shiryaev, Russian mathematician, known for his work in probability theory, statistics and financial mathematics, born in Shchyolkovo, Russia
  • 1935-03-18 Ole Barndorff-Nielsen, Danish mathematician
  • 1935-08-19 Alan Baker, British Mathematician and winner of the Fields Medal (1970) for his work on transcendental number theory, born in London, England
  • 1935-08-29 Hugo Brandt Corstius, Dutch essayist and mathematician, born in Eindhoven, Netherlands (d. 2014)
  • 1937-06-12 Vladimir Arnold, Russian mathematician (Kolmogorov–Arnold–Moser theorem), born in Odessa, Ukraine (d. 2010)
  • 1937-12-26 John Horton Conway, British mathematician (cellular automaton Game of Life), born in Liverpool, England (d. 2020)
  • 1938-01-10 Donald Knuth, American mathematician & computer scientist, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1938-03-20 Sergei Petrovich Novikov, Russian Mathematician, Fields Medalist
  • 1938-11-03 Martin Dunwoody, British mathematician
  • 1939-01-20 Nalin Chandra Wickramasinghe, Sri Lankan-born British mathematician & astronomer, born in Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • 1939-05-15 Brian Hartley, British mathematician (group theory) (d. 1994)
  • 1940-01-02 S. R. S. Varadhan, Indian-American mathematician
  • 1940-01-05 Yuri Ershov, Russian mathematician, born in Novosibirsk, Russia
  • 1942-08-24 Karen Uhlenbeck, American mathematician and founder of modern geometric analysis (Abel Prize), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1943-12-23 Mikhail Gromov, Russian-born mathematician, born in Boksitogorsk, Russia
  • 1944-05-25 Robert MacPherson, American mathematician (invention of intersection homology with Mark Goresk), born in Lakewood, Ohio
  • 1944-10-03 Pierre Deligne, Belgian mathematician, born in Etterbeek, Belgium
  • 1945-03-13 Anatoly Timofeevich Fomenko, Russian mathematician, born in Stalino, USSR
  • 1945-08-22 Erol Gelenbe, Turkish computer scientist and mathematician, born in Istanbul, Turkey
  • 1945-12-04 Michael Gerzon, British mathematician and audio pioneer (Ambisonics), born in Birmingham (d. 1996)
  • 1946-02-24 Grigory Margulis, Russian mathematician
  • 1946-09-30 William Thurston, Washington, mathematician (Fields Medal, 1982), (d. 2012)
  • 1947-04-01 Alain Connes, French mathematician
  • 1948-05-09 Hans Georg Bock, German mathematician
  • 1949-03-01 Zoia Ceauşescu, Romanian mathematician and daughter of Communist dictator Nicolae Ceaușescu
  • 1949-04-04 Shing-Tung Yau, Hong Kong-born American mathematician, born in Shantou, Guangdong Province, China
  • 1951-04-21 Michael Hartley Freedman, American mathematician
  • 1951-08-21 Eric Goles, Chilean mathematician and computer scientist, born in Antofagasta, Chile
  • 1951-09-11 Richard D. Gill, British-Dutch mathematician, born in Redhill, Surrey
  • 1952-03-25 Antanas Mockus, Colombian mathematician
  • 1952-06-30 Athanassios S. Fokas, Greek mathematician, born in Cefalonia, Greece
  • 1952-09-27 Didier Dubois, French mathematician
  • 1953-04-11 Andrew Wiles, British mathematician (number theory), born in Cambridge, England
  • 1954-07-28 Gerd Faltings, German mathematician, born in Buer, Gelsenkirchen, Germany
  • 1955-09-07 Efim Zelmanov, Russian-American mathematician, born in Khabarovsk, Russia
  • 1956-08-11 Pierre-Louis Lions, French mathematician
  • 1956-08-23 Andreas Floer, German mathematician (Floer homology), born in Duisburg, Germany (d. 1991)
  • 1960-10-28 Landon Curt Noll, Astronomer, Cryptographer and Mathematician: youngest to hold the world record for the largest known prime 3 times
  • 1963-06-26 Richard Garfield, American mathematician and game designer (Magic: The Gathering), born in Philadelphia
  • 1963-11-20 Timothy Gowers, British mathematician (1998 Fields Medal), born in Malborough, England
  • 1964-08-25 Maxim Kontsevich, Russian mathematician, born in Khimki, Russia
  • 1965-01-06 Bjorn Lomborg, Danish mathematician, born in Frederiksberg, Denmark
  • 1966-06-04 Vladimir Voevodsky, Russian mathematician
  • 1966-06-13 Grigori Perelman, Russian mathematician (Proof of the Poincaré conjecture), born in Leningrad, RSFSR, Soviet Union
  • 1975-07-17 Terence Tao, Australian-Chinese mathematician, born in Adelaide, Australia
  • 1977-05-03 Maryam Mirzakhani, Iranian mathematician, born in Tehran, Iran (d. 2017)
  • 1986-01-11 Rachel Riley, English television presenter and mathematician (Countdown, 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown), born in Rochford, England

Famous Weddings


Famous Deaths

Deaths 401 - 482 of 482

  • 1990-10-13 Hans Freudenthal, German-Dutch mathematician and director (OW&OC), dies at 85
  • 1991-05-15 Andreas Floer, German mathematician (Floer homology), dies at 34
  • 1992-02-13 Nikolay Bogolyubov, Russian mathematician, dies at 82
  • 1992-09-28 John Leech, British mathematician, dies at 66
  • 1992-11-29 Jean Dieudonné, French mathematician (b. 1906)
  • 1993-03-09 Max August Zorn, German mathematician (lemma of Zorn), dies at 86
  • 1993-08-17 Feng Kang, Chinese mathematician (b. 1920)
  • 1993-10-10 Owen Saunders, English mathematician and mechanical engineer, dies at 89
  • 1993-11-08 Andrey Nikolayevich Tychonoff, Russian mathematician (b. 1906)
  • 1994-01-25 Stephen Cole Kleene, mathematician (Regular Expressions), dies at 85
  • 1994-10-08 Brian Hartley, mathematician, dies at 55
  • 1994-12-18 Roger Apéry, Greek-French mathematician (b. 1916)
  • 1995-01-27 Raphael M. Robinson, American mathematician, dies at 83
  • 1995-01-31 George Stibitz, American mathematician and scientist, dies at 90
  • 1995-08-11 Alonzo Church, American Mathematician whose work provided foundation for computer science, dies at 92
  • 1996-01-12 Joachim Nitsche, German mathematician (b. 1926)
  • 1996-01-31 Gustave Solomon, mathematician, dies at 65
  • 1996-04-18 Piet Hein, Danish polymath, dies at 80
  • 1996-05-06 Michael Gerzon, British mathematician and audio pioneer (Ambisonics), dies at 50
  • 1996-07-29 Marcel-Paul Schützenberger, French mathematician, dies at 75
  • 1996-09-20 Paul Erdos, Hungarian mathematician, dies of heart attack at 83
  • 1996-10-11 Lars Ahlfors, Finnish mathematician (b. 1907)
  • 1997-02-13 Mark Krasnosel'skii, Russian-Ukrainian mathematician (nonlinear functional analysis), dies at 76
  • 1997-12-12 Yevgeniy Landis, Russian mathematician (b. 1921)
  • 1997-12-13 Alexander Oppenheim, mathematician, dies at 94
  • 1998-01-07 Richard Hamming, American Mathematician and Computer Scientist (Hamming code), dies of a heat attack at 82
  • 1998-04-03 Mary Cartwright, English mathematician (b. 1900)
  • 1998-04-16 Alberto Calderón, Argentine mathematician, dies at 77
  • 1998-05-26 Sergey Yablonsky, Soviet and Russian mathematician and one of the founders of the Soviet school of mathematical cybernetics and discrete mathematics, dies at 73
  • 1998-06-08 Maria Reiche, German-born mathematician and archaeologist (b. 1903)
  • 1998-08-06 André Weil, French mathematician (foundational work in number theory and algebraic geometry), dies at 92
  • 1999-04-18 Gian-Carlo Rota, Italian-born American mathematician & philosopher, dies at 66
  • 1999-05-09 Ivan M. Niven, Canadian-American mathematician, dies at 83
  • 1999-07-27 Aleksandr Danilovich Aleksandrov, Russian mathematician, physicist, philosopher, and mountaineer, dies at 86
  • 1999-10-17 Nicholas Metropolis, Greek-American mathematician, physicist and computer scientist, dies at 84
  • 2000-04-25 Lucien le Cam, French mathematician (b. 1924)
  • 2000-06-02 Gerald Whitrow, British mathematician (b. 1912)
  • 2001-02-24 Claude Shannon, American mathematician and information theorist (A Mathematical Theory of Communication), dies at 84
  • 2002-04-09 Leopold Vietoris, Austrian mathematician (b. 1891)
  • 2003-03-17 Su Buqing, Chinese mathematician and educator (b. 1902)
  • 2003-08-11 Armand Borel, Swiss mathematician (b. 1923)
  • 2004-01-12 Olga Aleksandrovna Ladyzhenskaya, Russian mathematician (fluid dynamics), dies at 81
  • 2004-04-05 Heiner Zieschang, German mathematician (b. 1936)
  • 2004-10-29 Peter Twinn, English mathematician (b. 1916)
  • 2004-12-03 Shiing-Shen Chern, Chinese mathematician (b. 1911)
  • 2005-01-04 Frank Harary, American mathematician (b. 1921)
  • 2005-05-13 George Dantzig, American mathematician (b. 1914)
  • 2005-06-18 Manuel Sadosky, Argentine mathematician (b. 1914)
  • 2005-07-06 Bruno Augenstein, German-born mathematician (b. 1923)
  • 2005-08-28 Esther Szekeres, Hungarian mathematician (b. 1910)
  • 2005-08-28 George Szekeres, Hungarian mathematician (b. 1911)
  • 2006-10-02 Paul Halmos, Hungarian-born American mathematician (b. 1916)
  • 2006-10-03 John Crank, British mathematician (b. 1913)
  • 2006-11-10 Fokko du Cloux, mathematician (b. 1954)
  • 2006-11-20 Zoia Ceauşescu, Romanian mathematician and daughter of Communist dictator Nicolae Ceaușescu, dies of lung cancer at 57
  • 2007-01-20 Anatol Rapoport, Ukrainian-American mathematician and biologist (game theory), dies at 95
  • 2007-03-23 Paul J. Cohen, American mathematician, Fields Medal winner (b. 1934)
  • 2007-03-23 Paul Joseph Cohen, American mathematician (Cohen forcing, Continuum hypothesis), dies at 72
  • 2007-08-06 Atle Selberg, Norwegian mathematician (number theory), dies at 90
  • 2008-04-16 Edward Norton Lorenz, American mathematician and meteorologist, dies at 90
  • 2008-06-24 Gerhard Ringel, Austrian mathematician (b. 1919)
  • 2008-08-13 Henri Cartan, French Mathematician, dies at 104
  • 2010-06-03 Vladimir Arnold, Russian mathematician (Kolmogorov–Arnold–Moser theorem), dies at 72
  • 2010-10-14 Benoît Mandelbrot, Polish-French-American mathematician (proved Zipf's law), dies at 85
  • 2011-10-23 Herbert A. Hauptman, American Mathematician whose models for determining the chemical crystal structures vital for life revolutionized chemistry, dies at 94
  • 2011-11-11 Georges Papy, Belgian mathematician (Numbers Game), dies at 91
  • 2012-02-24 Benedict Freedman, American novelist and mathematician, dies at 92
  • 2012-08-21 William Thurston, American mathematician, dies from melanoma at 65
  • 2012-11-25 Lars Hörmander, Swedish mathematician, dies at 81
  • 2014-02-28 Hugo Brandt Corstius, Dutch essayist and mathematician, dies at 78

Person of interestJohn Nash

2015-05-23 John Nash, American mathematician (subject of movie "A Beautiful Mind") and Nobel laureate, dies in a car crash at 86

Mathematician and Economist John Nash
Mathematician and Economist
John Nash
  • 2016-03-12 Lloyd Shapley, American Mathematician (2012 Nobel Prize, Game Theory), dies at 92
  • 2016-07-31 Seymour Papert, South African mathematician, dies at 88
  • 2017-02-17 Magnus Wenninger, American mathematician and author of Polyhedron models, dies at 97
  • 2017-02-19 Igor Shafarevich, Russian mathematician, dies at 93
  • 2017-07-14 Maryam Mirzakhani, Iranian mathematician, dies of breast cancer at 40
  • 2018-01-23 Nicanor Parra, Chilean poet, mathematician, and physicist (Defense of Violeta Parra), dies at 103
  • 2018-05-06 George G. Hall, Northern Irish applied mathematician, dies at 93
  • 2018-06-22 Grigory Barenblatt, Russian mathematician, dies at 90
  • 2019-01-11 Michael Atiyah, English mathematician (Atiyah-Singer Index, Fields Medal 1966), dies at 89
  • 2020-02-24 Katherine Johnson, American NASA mathematician (portrayed in film Hidden Figures), dies at 101
  • 2020-04-12 John Horton Conway, British mathematician (cellular automaton Game of Life), dies of COVID-19 complications at 82

Famous Mathematicians