Biographies of past number theorists and various items of historical interest

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Some biographies of past contributors to number theory

Some of the major sources of obituaries of mathematicians are:
  1. The Mactutor History of Mathematics (MacTutor)
  2. Russian Mathematical Surveys (RMS)
  3. Acta Arithmetica (AA)
  4. Notices of the Americal Mathematical Society (NAMS)
  5. Bulletin of the London Mathematical Society (BLMS)
  6. Journal of the London Mathematical Society (JLMS) (Pre BLMS)
  7. Proceedings of the London Mathematical Society (PLMS) (Pre JLMS)
  8. The Mathematical Intelligencer
  9. Journal of Number Theory
  10. Mathematicians of the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries (David Wilkins' transcriptions from A Short Account of the History of Mathematics, by W.W. Rouse Ball)
  11. Historia Mathematica
A glance at Paulo Ribenboim's Fermat's Last Theorem for amateurs, Franz Lemmermeyer's Reciprocity Laws and L.E. Dickson's History of the Theory of Numbers, reveals the existence of many past number theorists about whom little is known.
Any corrections, extra information or links to additional online biographies should be passed on to Keith Matthews at webmaster@numbertheory.org


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  1. Rudolf Ahlswede
  2. Alexander Aigner
  3. Helen Popova Alderson
  4. William (Red) Alford
  5. William S. Anglin (1949-2004)
  6. Nesmith Ankeny
  7. Roger Apéry
  8. Tom Apostol died on May 8, 2016
  9. Peter Friedrich Arndt (Wikipedia)
  10. Cahit Arf (MacTutor)
  11. Emil Artin
  12. Robert Ash, 1935-2015
  13. Arthur Oliver Lonsdale Atkin
  14. Frederick Valentine Atkinson (Angelo B. Mingarelli)
  15. L. Aubry
  16. James Burton Ax (1937-2006)
  17. Raymond Ayoub (1923-2013)
  18. A. A. Krishnaswami Ayyangar
  19. Paul Gustav Heinrich Bachmann (MacTutor)
  20. Alan Baker
  21. Mark Borisovich Barban (RMS)
  22. Eric Stephen Barnes
  23. Paul Bateman
  24. Mihály Bauer (MacTutor)
  25. Felix Behrend
  26. Eric Temple Bell (MacTutor)
  27. Gennadii Vladimirovich Belyi (1951-2001) Russ. Math. Surv. 57 981 (2002)
  28. Anne-Marie Bergé
  29. Joseph Louis François Bertrand (MacTutor)
  30. William Edward Hodgson Berwick
  31. Arne Karl August Beurling
  32. Bhaskara (MacTutor)
  33. Jacques de Billy (MacTutor)
  34. Hans Frederick Blichfeldt (MacTutor)
  35. Fritz Blumer (1904-1988)
  36. Stjepan Bohniček (1872-1956)
  37. Jonathan Michael Borwein (Wikipedia), Obituary by David Bailey
  38. Alfred Theodore Brauer (MacTutor)
  39. Joel Lee Brenner (1912-1997)
  40. Robert Breusch (1907-1995)
  41. Béla Brindza (1958-2003)
  42. Jerzy Browkin (1934-2015) (Google translation)
  43. Viggo Brun
  44. Aleksandr Adol'fovich Bukhshtab (RMS)
  45. Viktor Yakovlevich Bunyakovsky (MacTutor)
  46. David G. Cantor passed away on November 19, 2012
  47. Leonard Carlitz
  48. Robert Daniel Carmichael (Wikipedia)
  49. John (Ian) William Scott Cassels
  50. Eugène Charles Catalan (MacTutor)
  51. Claude Chabauty
  52. John H. Chalk
  53. David Gawen Champernowne (ICGA Journal 23 December 2000)
  54. Komaravolu S. Chandrashekhar (1920-2017) (Wikipedia)
  55. Albert Châtelet (MacTutor)
  56. François Châtelet (Wikipedia)
  57. Nikolai Grigorievich Chebotaryov (MacTutor)
  58. Pafnuty Lvovich Chebyshev (MacTutor)
  59. Thyagaraju Chelluri
  60. Chen Jingrun (Wikipedia)
  61. Claude Chevalley (MacTutor)
  62. Paromita Chowla (1934-2016)
  63. Sarvadaman Chowla
  64. Nikolai Grigor'evich Chudakov
  65. Robert Francis Churchhouse
  66. Fallece Javier Cilleruelo (1961 - 2016)
  67. Paul Cohen biography (Wikipedia), Paul J. Cohen memorial web page
  68. Harvey Cohn died on May 16, 2014
  69. Robert Coleman
  70. George Erskine Cooke (21/5/1942-19/12/1976)
  71. Albert Everett Cooper
  72. Harald Cramér (MacTutor)
  73. Richard Crandall (1947-2012)
  74. Allan Joseph Champneys Cunningham (JLMS)
  75. Harold Davenport
  76. Clive Selwyn Davis (1916-2009)
  77. Nicolaas Govert de Bruijn (MacTutor)
  78. Julius Wilhelm Richard Dedekind (MacTutor)
  79. Hubert Delange (1913-2003)
  80. Boris Nikolaevich Delone
  81. Max Deuring
  82. Leonard Eugene Dickson (MacTutor)
  83. Diophantus of Alexandria (MacTutor)
  84. Johann Peter Gustav Lejeune Dirichlet
  85. Bohuslav Diviš (Also see J. Number Theory 9 1977, (v-vii))
  86. Mary Dolciani
  87. Alain Durand (Lecture Notes in Mathematics 1415)
  88. Bernard Dwork
  89. Martin Eichler
  90. Ferdinand Gotthold Max Eisenstein (MacTutor)
  91. Otto Endler (1929-1988), Photo
  92. Veikko Ennola (1932-2013)
  93. Paul Epstein
  94. Eratosthenes of Cyrene (MacTutor)
  95. Paul Erdös
  96. Theodor Estermann
  97. Dennis Estes (June 18, 1941- Feb. 1, 1999)
  98. Euclid of Alexandria (MacTutor)
  99. Leonhard Euler
  100. Graham Everest
  101. Dmitrii Konstantinovich Faddeev
  102. Alain Faisant (died 2015 aged 68)
  103. Naum Il'ich Feldman
  104. Pierre de Fermat
  105. Nathan Fine (NAMS)
  106. Ernests Fogels
  107. Jean-Marc Fontaine (1944-2019) (Wikipedia)
  108. Jérôme Franel (MacTutor)
  109. Giovanni Frattini (MacTutor)
  110. Ferdinand Georg Frobenius (MacTutor)
  111. Albrecht Fröhlich
  112. Wolfgang Fuchs (NAMS)
  113. Karl Rudolf Fueter
  114. Philipp Furtwängler (1869-1940)
  115. Steve Galovich
  116. Johann Carl Friedrich Gauss
  117. Leopold Bernhard Gegenbauer (MacTutor)
  118. Aleksandr Osipovich Gelfond
  119. Angelo Genocchi (MacTutor)
  120. André Gérardin
  121. Marie-Sophie Germain
  122. Frank Emmett Gerth III
  123. James Whitbread Lee Glaisher (MacTutor)
  124. Herbert James Godwin (1922-2005)
  125. Christian Goldbach (MacTutor)
  126. Solomon Golomb (Stephen Wolfram), Sol Golomb - My Friend and Mentor (Alfred W. Hales)
  127. Irving John (Jack) Good (1916-2009) (Virginia Tech)
  128. Basil Gordon Also see On the work of Basil Gordon
  129. David Mark Goss (1952-2017)
  130. William Sealey Gosset (MacTutor)
  131. Jorgen Pedersen Gram (MacTutor)
  132. Marvin Greenberg (1935-2017)
  133. George Greaves (BLMS 43, (2011) 203-205)
  134. Emil Grosswald
  135. Alexander Grothendieck - obituary (The Telegraph)
  136. Fritz Grunewald (MacTutor)
  137. Andrew Paul Guinand (MacTutor)
  138. Stan Gurak
  139. Jacques Salomon Hadamard (MacTutor)
  140. Heini Halberstam
  141. Marshall Hall Jr. (MacTutor)
  142. Harris Hancock
  143. Godfrey Harold Hardy
  144. Colin Brian Haselgrove (MacTutor)
  145. Helmut Hasse
  146. David Ryan Hayes (MacTutor)
  147. Erich Hecke
  148. Kurt Heegner
  149. Hans Arnold Heilbronn (MacTutor)
  150. Kurt Hensel (MacTutor)
  151. Jacques Herbrand (MacTutor)
  152. Charles Hermite (MacTutor)
  153. Gustav Herglotz (MacTutor)
  154. David Hilbert
  155. Edmund Hlawka (Robert Tichy)
  156. Ludwig Holzer (1891-1968) (Rudolf Einhorn: Rostock. Math. Kolloq. No. 27, (1985) 23-30)
  157. Loo-keng Hua
  158. Richard Hudson (1945-2016) (ColaDaily.com)
  159. John Hunter
  160. Adolf Hurwitz
  161. Jun-ichi Igusa
  162. Masatoshi Gündüz Ikeda (MacTutor)
  163. Albert Edward Ingham
  164. Kustaa Inkeri
  165. Kenkichi Iwasawa
  166. Shokichi Iyanaga
  167. Carl Gustav Jacob Jacobi
  168. Ernst Jacobsthal
  169. Ralph Duncan James (MacTutor)
  170. Vojtěch Jarník
  171. Michał Kalecki (Wikipedia)
  172. Pierre Kaplan
  173. Irving Kaplansky
  174. Erich Kamke
  175. Shri Dattathreya Ramachandra Kaprekar
  176. Anatolii Alexeevich Karatsuba (1937-2008) (photo)
  177. Aubrey J. Kempner
  178. Aleksandr Yakovlevich Khinchin (MacTutor)
  179. Péter Kiss (Wikipedia)
  180. Hendrik Douwe Kloosterman
  181. Stanislaw Knapowski (MacTutor)
  182. John Peter Louis Knopfmacher
  183. Marvin Knopp (1933-2011)
  184. Chao Ko (Wikipedia)
  185. Niels Fabian Helge von Koch (MacTutor)
  186. Jurjen Ferdinand Koksma (MacTutor)
  187. Kjell Kolden
  188. Ivan Korec
  189. Alexander Nikolaevich Korkine (in Russian) (english translation by Bob Burns)
  190. Miloš Kössler
  191. Marc Krasner (Wikipedia)
  192. Leopold Kronecker (MacTutor)
  193. Jonas Petrovich Kubilius
  194. Robert Maruo Kubota (1942-1973)
  195. Ernst Eduard Kummer (MacTutor)
  196. Sigekatu Kuroda
  197. József Kürschák
  198. Rodion Osievich Kuz'min (Wikipedia)
  199. Nikolai Vasil'evitch Kuznetsov (1939-2010)
  200. Gilles Lachaud (1946-2018)
  201. Joseph-Louis Lagrange
  202. Gabriel Lamé (MacTutor)
  203. Edmund Georg Hermann Landau
  204. Serge Lang
  205. Bob Laxton (1933-2002)
  206. Victor Amédée Lebesgue (1791-1875) (Les-mathematiques.net)
  207. Adrien-Marie Legendre
  208. Derrick Henry Lehmer (AA)
  209. Emma Lehmer
  210. Joseph Lehner
  211. Cornelis Gerrit Lekkerkerker (Nieuw Archief voor Wiskunde)
  212. Heinrich-Wolfgang Leopoldt
  213. Matyáš Lerch
  214. William Judson LeVeque (NAMS)
  215. Norman Levinson (MacTutor)
  216. Donald J. Lewis (1926-2015)
  217. Richard P. Lewis (Frank Garvan)
  218. Pierre Liardet (1943-2014)
  219. Carl Louis Ferdinand von Lindemann (MacTutor)
  220. Frederick Lindemann - Lord Cherwell (1886-1957) (Wikipedia), Number Theory and Other Reminiscences of Viscount Cherwell (Notes and Records of the Royal Society of Londoni, E.M. Wright)
  221. Edward Hubert Linfoot
  222. Yuri Vladimirovich Linnik
  223. Joseph Liouville (MacTutor)
  224. John Edensor Littlewood
  225. Wilhelm Ljunggren (MacTutor)
  226. Robert Landis Long
  227. Salomon Lubelski (AA)
  228. François Edouard Anatole Lucas (MacTutor)
  229. Hans Maass (Wikipedia)
  230. Alexander Murray Macbeath
  231. Manohar Lal Madan died on April 3, 2011
  232. Kurt Mahler
  233. Wilhelm Maier (1896-1990)
  234. Edmond Maillet
  235. Henry Mann (Ohio collection)
  236. Alla Lavrik-Männlin (March 2nd, 1964-February 14th, 2003)
  237. Andrei Andreyevich Markov (MacTutor)
  238. George Ballard Mathews
  239. Emile Léonard Mathieu (MacTutor)
  240. Daniel Friedrich Ernst Meissel (MacTutor)
  241. Michel Mendès France (1936-2018)
  242. Puliyakot Kesava Menon (1917-1979) (Bull. Math. Assoc. India 18 (1986), no. 1-4, 21-24)
  243. Franz Mertens (MacTutor)
  244. William H. Mills (November 9, 1921- March 7, 2007) (See A prime-representing function, Bull. Amer. Math. Soc., Volume 53, Number 12 (1947), 1196-1196, also Wikipedia article
  245. Hermann Minkowski
  246. Dimitry Mirimanoff
  247. Leon Mirsky (BLMS 18 (1986) 195-206)
  248. Herbert Möller (1939-2016)
  249. Richard Anthony Mollin (1947-2014)
  250. August Ferdinand Möbius (MacTutor)
  251. Louis Joel Mordell
  252. Taro Morishima
  253. Leo Moser
  254. Theodore Samuel Motzkin
  255. Thomas Muir (MacTutor)
  256. Timothy Gayleard Murphy
  257. Trygve Nagell (AA)
  258. Christopher Eastick Nelson (?-1973)
  259. Jürgen Neukirch, (1937-1997) in memoriam by Theodor Bröcker
  260. Donald J. Newman (Wikipedia)
  261. Morris Newman
  262. Ivan Niven (obituary by Kenneth Ross)
  263. Břetislav Novák
  264. Robert Winston Keith Odoni (Sept 2003 issue, Glasgow Math. Journal)
  265. Carl Douglas Olds
  266. Vyacheslav Alekseevich Oleinikov (RMS)
  267. Kathleen Timpson Ollerenshaw (MacTutor)
  268. Alexander Oppenheim
  269. Hans-Heinrich Ostmann (Wikipedia), also (Obituary JDMV 86, 1984, 31-35)
  270. Oystein Ore (MacTutor)
  271. Alexander Markowich Ostrowski
  272. Ali Özlük 1952-2012
  273. Gordon Pall (no biography)
  274. Pan Chengdong
  275. Charles Parry
  276. William Parry Royal Society Memoirs
  277. Wilhelm Patz (no biography)
  278. William Barry Pennington (BLMS)
  279. Oskar Perron
  280. Hans Petersson (MacTutor)
  281. Walter Philipp
  282. Ilya Piatetski-Shapiro (1929-2009)
  283. Joachim Piehler
  284. Jean François Théophile Pépin (Wikipedia)
  285. Subbayya Sivasankaranarayana Pillai
  286. Nils Pipping (1890-1982)
  287. Charles Pisot
  288. Peter Arthur Barry Pleasants (24th August 1939- 20th April 2008)
  289. Henry Cabourn Pocklington Obituary Notices of Fellows of the Royal Society, Vol. 8, No. 22 (Nov. 1953) 555-565 (JSTOR)
  290. Felix Pollaczek
  291. George Pólya (MacTutor)
  292. Alf van der Poorten (1942-2010)
  293. J. Popken (1905-1970) (H. Jager, C.G.Lekkerkerker: Nieuw Archief voor Wiskunde 19 (1971) 1-9)
  294. Aleksei Georgievich Postnikov (RMS)
  295. Ralph Earnest Powers (Wikipedia)
  296. Karl Prachar (1924-1994) (E. Hlawka: Monatshefte für Math. 121 (1996) 1-9)
  297. Hans Rademacher
  298. S. Raghavan
  299. Steve Rallis (AMS Notices)
  300. Kanakanahalli Ramachandra
  301. Kollagunta Gopalaiyer Ramanathan
  302. Chidambaram Padmanabhan Ramanujam (MacTutor)
  303. Srinivasa Ramanujan
  304. George Neal Raney (1922-2015)
  305. Robert Alexander Rankin (MacTutor)
  306. Ramanujan website (Prof. K. Srinivasa Rao)
  307. László Rédei
  308. Hans Reichardt
  309. Robert Remak (MacTutor)
  310. Alfréd Rényi
  311. Giovanni Ricci (AA)
  312. Hans-Egon Richert
  313. Georg Friedrich Bernhard Riemann
  314. Hans Riesel (Wikipedia biography)
  315. Phillipe Robba (Wikipedia biography)
  316. Raphael Robinson (MacTutor)
  317. Kirill Andreevich Rodosskii (1913-2004)
  318. Claude Ambrose Rogers
  319. Leonard James Rogers (MacTutor)
  320. Jonathan Rogawski (1955-2011)
  321. Nikolai Pavlovich Romanov
  322. David Rosen
  323. Arnold Ross (NAMS)
  324. John Barkley Rosser (Wikipedia)
  325. Klaus Friedrich Roth
  326. Louis Saalschütz (Wikipedia)
  327. Raphaël Salem (Wikipedia)
  328. Pierre Samuel (Wikipedia)
  329. David Santos
  330. Ichiro Satake (1927-2014)
  331. Peter Scherk (1910-1985)
  332. Theodor Schneider (MacTutor)
  333. Lev Genrikhovich Schnirel'mann (translation by Vladimir Drobot)
  334. Arnold Scholz
  335. Lowell Schoenfeld (John Ewing's tribute)
  336. Theodor Schönemann (Wikipedia)
  337. Issai Schur (MacTutor)
  338. Jack Schwartz died on March 2, 2009 (author of Algebraic Number Theory, 1961, NYU Institute of Mathematical Sciences) Also see Jack Schwartz Memorial Blog and Wikipedia article
  339. Stefan Schwarz (MacTutor)
  340. Wolfgang Schwarz
  341. Sanford (Sandy) Segal (1937-2010)
  342. Beniamino Segre (AA)
  343. Atle Selberg
  344. Sigmund Selberg (Wikipedia)
  345. Clas-Olaf Selenius
  346. John Selfridge (1927-2010)
  347. Joseph Alfred Serret (MacTutor)
  348. Igor Rostislavovich Shafarevich (1923-2017) (MacTutor)
  349. Joseph Shalika
  350. Daniel Shanks
  351. Harold Nathaniel Shapiro
  352. Andrei Borisovich Shidlovsky (RMS)
  353. Takuro Shintani (J. Fac. Sci. Tokyo 28 (1981) iii-vi)
  354. Lev Genrikhovich Shnirelman (MacTutor)
  355. Carl Ludwig Siegel
  356. Waclaw Sierpinski
  357. Václav Šimerka (Franz Lemmermeyer, LMS J. Computing and Mathematics, 16 (2013) 118-129) Also see Wikipedia article
  358. Stanley Skewes (Wikipedia)
  359. Albert Thoralf Skolem
  360. Boris Fadeevich Skubenko (1929-1993) (see Zap. Nauchn. Semin. POMI 212 5-14 (1994) and Boris F. Skubenko. An essay on his life and scientific work, Volume 83, Number 5/February, 1997, 689-693)
  361. Henry John Stephen Smith
  362. Robert Arnold Smith (1937-1983) (E. Kani: Rocky Mountain J. 15 (1985) 413-415)
  363. Julius Sommer (Wikipedia)
  364. Blair Spearman (1951-2017)
  365. Robert Samuel Spira (1927-2013)
  366. Vladimir Gennadievich Sprindzuk
  367. Paul Gustav Stäckel (MacTutor)
  368. Gertrude Katherine Stanley
  369. Sergei Borisovich Stechkin (RMS)
  370. Ray Steiner (1942-2014) (The Blade)
  371. Rosemarie Stemmler (July 27, 1930-July 18, 2011)
  372. Moritz Abraham Stern (MacTutor)
  373. Ludwig Stickelberger (Wikipedia)
  374. Thomas Jan Stieltjes (MacTutor)
  375. Richard G. Stoneham (1920-1996)
  376. Carl Størmer (1874-1957)
  377. Walter Wilson Stothers
  378. Reinhold Straßmann (Wikipedia)
  379. Ernst Gabor Strauss
  380. Erik Stridsberg (1871-1950)
  381. Matukumalli Venkata Subbarao, 1921-2006 (R. Balasubramanian)
  382. Zyoiti Suetuna (MacTutor)
  383. Sir Peter Swinnerton-Dyer (1927-2018)
  384. George Szekeres(1911-2005)
  385. Kazimierz Szymiczek (1939-2015)
  386. Teiji Takagi (MacTutor)
  387. In memoriam: Tsuneo Tamagawa, Wikipedia article
  388. Ralph Tambs-Lyche (Obituary by Ernst S. Selmer, Normat 39 (1991))
  389. Yutaka Taniyama
  390. Olga Taussky-Todd (MacTutor)
  391. Paul Emery Thomas (Berkeley memorial)
  392. Axel Thue
  393. Heinrich Franz Friedrich Tietze (MacTutor)
  394. Nikolai Mikhailovich Timofeev (RMS)
  395. Edward Charles Titchmarsh
  396. Paul Turán
  397. Alan Turing (Wikipedia)
  398. Jerzy Urbanowicz
  399. James Victor Uspensky (1883-1947)
  400. Charles-Joseph de la Vallée Poussin
  401. Johannes Gualtherus van der Corput (AA)
  402. Harry Schultz Vandiver (MacTutor)
  403. Joost van Hamel
  404. Jacobus Hendricus van Lint (MacTutor)
  405. Boris Alekseevich Venkov (Wikipedia)
  406. Boris Borisovich Venkov died in Aachen on November 10th, 2011
  407. Tirukkannapuram Vijayaraghavan (JLMS 33 (1958) 252-255)
  408. Askol'd Ivanovich Vinogradov (1929-2005)
  409. Ivan Matveevich Vinogradov
  410. Niels Fabian Helge von Koch (MacTutor)
  411. Karl Georg Christian von Staudt (MacTutor)
  412. Sergei Mikhailovich Voronin (RMS)
  413. Georgy Fedoseevich Voronoi (MacTutor)
  414. Arnold Zel'manovich Walfisz
  415. Donald Dines Wall (Wikipedia)
  416. Edward Waring (MacTutor)
  417. Morgan Ward
  418. Jack Warga
  419. Richard Warlimont (1935-2011)
  420. William Charles Waterhouse (1941-2016)
  421. George Neville Watson (MacTutor)
  422. George Leo Watson
  423. Heinrich Martin Weber (MacTutor)
  424. André Weil
  425. Alfred Edward Western (JLMS)
  426. Hermann Weyl
  427. Albert Leon Whiteman (NAMS)
  428. Arthur Wieferich
  429. Carl Severin Wigert (Wikipedia)
  430. Herbert Wilf
  431. John Raymond Wilton (Australian dictionary of Biography)
  432. Anders Wiman (Trygve Nagell, Acta Math. 103 (1960) I-VI)
  433. Aurel Friedrich Wintner (MacTutor)
  434. Jan Wójcik (1936-1994) (A. Schinzel, Wiadom. Math. 33 (1997), 199-203)
  435. Dieter Wolke (1942-2015)
  436. Joseph Wolstenholme (MacTutor)
  437. Rod Worley died on 24th July 2011
  438. John Wrench Jr.
  439. Sir Edward Maitland Wright
  440. Marvin Charles Wunderlich (1937-2013)
  441. Yoshihiko Yamamoto (1941-2004)
  442. Hans Zassenhaus
  443. Horst Günter Zimmer
  444. Egor Ivanovich Zolotarev

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