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 (Wikipedia)
  3. Helen Popova Alderson
  4. William (Red) Alford
  5. William S. Anglin (1949-2004)
  6. Nesmith Ankeny
  7. Roger Apéry
  8. Peter Friedrich Arndt (Wikipedia)
  9. Cahit Arf (MacTutor)
  10. Emil Artin
    • Emil Artin (MacTutor)
    • Emil Artin, his life and his work, (by Hans Zassenhaus, Notre Dame Journal of Formal Logic V, No. 1, January 1964)
    • Creating a life: Emil Artin in America, Della Dumbaugh and Joachim Schwermer, Bull. Amer. Math. Soc 50 (2013), 321-330
  11. Oliver Atkin
  12. Frederick Valentine Atkinson (Angelo B. Mingarelli)
  13. L. Aubry
  14. James Burton Ax (1937-2006)
  15. Raymond Ayoub (1923-2013)
  16. A. A. Krishnaswami Ayyangar
  17. Paul Gustav Heinrich Bachmann (MacTutor)
  18. Mark Borisovich Barban (RMS)
  19. Eric Stephen Barnes
  20. Paul Bateman
  21. Mihály Bauer (MacTutor)
  22. Felix Behrend
  23. Eric Temple Bell (MacTutor)
  24. Gennadii Vladimirovich Belyi (1951-2001) Russ. Math. Surv. 57 981 (2002)
  25. Anne-Marie Bergé
  26. Joseph Louis François Bertrand (MacTutor)
  27. William Edward Hodgson Berwick
  28. Arne Karl August Beurling
  29. Bhaskara (MacTutor)
  30. Jacques de Billy (MacTutor)
  31. Hans Frederick Blichfeldt (MacTutor. Also see Stanford University memorial page)
  32. Fritz Blumer (1904-1988)
  33. Stjepan Bohniček (1872-1956)
  34. Alfred Theodore Brauer (MacTutor)
  35. Joel Lee Brenner (1912-1997)
  36. Robert Breusch (1907-1995)
  37. Béla Brindza (1958-2003)
  38. Viggo Brun
    • Viggo Brun (from an obituary by C. Scriba, Historia Mathematica 7 (1980), 1-6)
    • Viggo Brun (Christoph Scriba, Mitt. Math. Ges. Hamburg 11 (1985) 271-290)
    • Viggo Brun (Sigmund Selberg: Norske Vid. Selsk. Forh. (Trondheim) (1979) 57-61 - in Norwegian)
  39. Aleksandr Adol'fovich Bukhshtab (RMS)
  40. Viktor Yakovlevich Bunyakovsky (MacTutor)
  41. David G. Cantor passed away on November 19, 2012
  42. Leonard Carlitz
  43. Robert Daniel Carmichael (Wikipedia)
  44. John (Ian) William Scott Cassels died on July 27, 2015
  45. Eugène Charles Catalan (MacTutor)
  46. Claude Chabauty
  47. John H. Chalk
  48. David Gawen Champernowne (ICGA Journal 23 December 2000)
  49. Albert Châtelet (MacTutor)
  50. François Châtelet (Wikipedia)
  51. Nikolai Grigorievich Chebotaryov (MacTutor)
  52. Pafnuty Lvovich Chebyshev (MacTutor)
  53. Thyagaraju Chelluri
  54. Chen Jingrun (Wikipedia)
  55. Claude Chevalley (MacTutor)
  56. Sarvadaman Chowla
  57. Nikolai Grigor'evich Chudakov
  58. Paul Cohen biography (Wikipedia), Paul J. Cohen memorial web page
  59. Harvey Cohn died on May 16, 2014
  60. Robert Coleman
  61. George Erskine Cooke (21/5/1942-19/12/1976)
  62. Albert Everett Cooper
  63. Harald Cramér (MacTutor)
  64. Richard Crandall (1947-2012)
  65. Allan Joseph Champneys Cunningham (JLMS)
  66. Harold Davenport
  67. Clive Selwyn Davis (1916-2009)
  68. Nicolaas Govert de Bruijn (MacTutor)
  69. Julius Wilhelm Richard Dedekind (MacTutor)
  70. Hubert Delange (1913-2003)
  71. Boris Nikolaevich Delone
  72. Max Deuring
    • Max Deuring (from the Göttingen Collection - also see Martin Kneser, Jahresbericht der Deutschen Mathematiker Vereinigung 89 (1987) 135-143, Peter Roquette, ibid 91 (1989) 109-125)
    • Max Deuring (AA)
  73. Leonard Eugene Dickson (MacTutor)
  74. Diophantus of Alexandria (MacTutor)
  75. Johann Peter Gustav Lejeune Dirichlet
  76. Bohuslav Diviš (Also see J. Number Theory 9 1977, v-vii) and PhD tree
  77. Mary Dolciani
  78. Alain Durand (Lecture Notes in Mathematics 1415)
  79. Bernard Dwork
  80. Martin Eichler
    • Martin Eichler (AA)
    • Martin Eichler (MacTutor)
    • Leben und Werk von Martin Eichler, Elemente der Mathematik 49 (1994) 45-60 (by Jürg Kramer)
  81. Ferdinand Gotthold Max Eisenstein (MacTutor)
  82. Otto Endler (1929-1988)
  83. Veikko Ennola (1932-2013)
  84. Paul Epstein
  85. Eratosthenes of Cyrene (MacTutor)
  86. Paul Erdös
  87. Theodor Estermann
  88. Dennis Estes (June 18, 1941- Feb. 1, 1999)
  89. Euclid of Alexandria (MacTutor)
  90. Leonhard Euler
  91. Graham Everest (Wikipedia)
  92. Dmitrii Konstantinovich Faddeev
  93. Naum Il'ich Feldman
  94. Pierre de Fermat
  95. Nathan Fine (NAMS)
  96. Ernests Fogels
  97. Giovanni Frattini (MacTutor)
  98. Ferdinand Georg Frobenius (MacTutor)
  99. Albrecht Fröhlich
  100. Wolfgang Fuchs (NAMS)
  101. Karl Rudolf Fueter
  102. Philipp Furtwängler (1869-1940)
  103. Steve Galovich
  104. Johann Carl Friedrich Gauss
  105. Leopold Bernhard Gegenbauer (MacTutor)
  106. Aleksandr Osipovich Gelfond
  107. Angelo Genocchi (MacTutor)
  108. André Gérardin
  109. Marie-Sophie Germain (MacTutor)
  110. Frank Emmett Gerth III
  111. James Whitbread Lee Glaisher (MacTutor)
  112. Herbert James Godwin (1922-2005)
  113. Christian Goldbach (MacTutor)
  114. Irving John (Jack) Good (1916-2009) (Virginia Tech)
  115. Basil Gordon Also see On the work of Basil Gordon
  116. William Sealey Gosset (MacTutor)
  117. Jorgen Pedersen Gram (MacTutor)
  118. George Greaves (BLMS 43, (2011) 203-205)
  119. Emil Grosswald
  120. Alexander Grothendieck - obituary (The Telegraph)
  121. Fritz Grunewald (MacTutor)
  122. Andrew Paul Guinand (MacTutor)
  123. Stan Gurak
  124. Jacques Salomon Hadamard (MacTutor)
  125. Heini Halberstam
  126. Marshall Hall Jr. (MacTutor)
  127. Harris Hancock
  128. Godfrey Harold Hardy
  129. Colin Brian Haselgrove (MacTutor)
  130. Helmut Hasse
  131. David Ryan Hayes (MacTutor)
  132. Erich Hecke
  133. Kurt Heegner
  134. Hans Arnold Heilbronn (MacTutor)
  135. Kurt Hensel (MacTutor)
  136. Jacques Herbrand (MacTutor)
  137. Charles Hermite (MacTutor)
  138. Gustav Herglotz (MacTutor)
  139. David Hilbert
  140. Edmund Hlawka (Robert Tichy)
  141. Ludwig Holzer (1891-1968) (Rudolf Einhorn: Rostock. Math. Kolloq. No. 27, (1985) 23-30)
  142. Loo-keng Hua
  143. Adolf Hurwitz
  144. Jun-ichi Igusa
  145. Masatoshi Gündüz Ikeda (MacTutor)
  146. Albert Edward Ingham
  147. Kustaa Inkeri
  148. Kenkichi Iwasawa
  149. Shokichi Iyanaga
  150. Carl Gustav Jacob Jacobi
  151. Ernst Jacobsthal
  152. Timothy Paul Jameson (Lancasrer Guardian)
  153. Vojtěch Jarník
    • Vojtěch Jarník (MacTutor)
    • Life and work of Vojtěch Jarník, Břetislav Novák, Published by the Union of Czech Mathematicians and Physicists, Zitna 25, Praha 1, Czech Republik
    • Vojtěch Jarník (AA)
  154. Michał Kalecki (Wikipedia)
  155. Pierre Kaplan
  156. Irving Kaplansky
  157. Erich Kamke
  158. Shri Dattathreya Ramachandra Kaprekar
  159. Anatolii Alexeevich Karatsuba (1937-2008) (photo)
  160. Aubrey J. Kempner
  161. Aleksandr Yakovlevich Khinchin (MacTutor)
  162. Péter Kiss (Wikipedia)
  163. Hendrik Douwe Kloosterman
  164. Stanislaw Knapowski (MacTutor)
  165. John Knopfmacher
  166. Marvin Knopp (1933-2011)
  167. Chao Ko (Wikipedia)
  168. Niels Fabian Helge von Koch (MacTutor)
  169. Jurjen Ferdinand Koksma (MacTutor)
  170. Kjell Kolden
  171. Ivan Korec
  172. Alexander Nikolaevich Korkine (in Russian) (english translation by Bob Burns)
  173. Miloš Kössler
  174. Marc Krasner (Wikipedia)
  175. Leopold Kronecker (MacTutor)
  176. Jonas Petrovich Kubilius
  177. Ernst Eduard Kummer (MacTutor)
  178. Sigekatu Kuroda
    • Sigekatu Kuroda (MacTutor)
    • Sigekatu Kuroda (J. Number Theory 7 1975, 1-4)
  179. József Kürschák
  180. Rodion Osievich Kuz'min (Wikipedia)
  181. Nikolai Vasil'evitch Kuznetsov (1939-2010)
  182. Joseph-Louis Lagrange
  183. Gabriel Lamé (MacTutor)
  184. Edmund Georg Hermann Landau
  185. Serge Lang
  186. Bob Laxton (1933-2002)
  187. Victor Amédée Lebesgue (1791-1875) (Les-mathematiques.net)
  188. Adrien-Marie Legendre
  189. Derrick Henry Lehmer (AA)
  190. Emma Lehmer
  191. Joseph Lehner
  192. Cornelis Gerrit Lekkerkerker (Nieuw Archief voor Wiskunde)
  193. Heinrich-Wolfgang Leopoldt
  194. Mathias Lerch (MacTutor)
  195. William Judson LeVeque (NAMS)
  196. Norman Levinson (MacTutor)
  197. Donald J. Lewis died on February 25, 2015
  198. Richard P. Lewis died on 26th July 2007 >Pierre Liardet died on August 29, 2014
  199. Frederick Lindemann - Lord Cherwell (1886-1957) (Wikipedia)
  200. Edward Hubert Linfoot
    • Edward Hubert Linfoot (J.H. Bell: BLMS 16 (1984) 52-58); J. Linfoot: Math. Intelligencer 15 (1993) 39-43
    • Edward Hubert Linfoot (Wikipedia)
  201. Yuri Vladimirovich Linnik
  202. Joseph Liouville (MacTutor)
  203. John Edensor Littlewood
  204. Wilhelm Ljunggren (MacTutor)
    • The Collected Papers of Wilhelm Ljunggren, Ed. Paulo Ribenboim, Queen's papers in pure and applied mathematics 115, 2003
  205. Robert Landis Long
  206. Salomon Lubelski (AA)
  207. François Edouard Anatole Lucas (MacTutor)
  208. Hans Maass (Wikipedia)
  209. Alexander Murray Macbeath
  210. Manohar Lal Madan died on April 3, 2011
  211. Kurt Mahler
  212. Wilhelm Maier (1896-1990)
  213. Edmond Maillet
  214. Henry Mann (Ohio collection)
  215. Alla Lavrik-Männlin (March 2nd, 1964-February 14th, 2003)
  216. Andrei Andreyevich Markov (MacTutor)
  217. George Ballard Mathews
  218. Emile Léonard Mathieu (MacTutor)
  219. Daniel Friedrich Ernst Meissel (MacTutor)
  220. Puliyakot Kesava Menon (1917-1979) (Bull. Math. Assoc. India 18 (1986), no. 1-4, 21-24)
  221. Franz Mertens (MacTutor)
  222. 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
  223. Hermann Minkowski
  224. Dimitry Mirimanoff
  225. Leon Mirsky (BLMS 18 (1986) 195-206)
  226. Richar Anthony Mollin
  227. August Ferdinand Möbius (MacTutor)
  228. Louis Joel Mordell
  229. Taro Morishima (Wikipedia)
  230. Leo Moser
  231. Theodore Samuel Motzkin
  232. Thomas Muir (MacTutor)
  233. Trygve Nagell (AA)
    • The Collected Papers of Trygve Nagell, Ed. Paulo Ribenboim, Queen's papers in pure and applied mathematics 121, 2003
  234. Christopher Eastick Nelson (?-1973)
  235. Jürgen Neukirch, (1937-1997) in memoriam by Theodor Bröcker
  236. Donald J. Newman (Wikipedia)
  237. Morris Newman
  238. Ivan Niven (obituary by Kenneth Ross)
  239. Břetislav Novák
  240. Robert Winston Keith Odoni (Sept 2003 issue, Glasgow Math. Journal)
  241. Carl Douglas Olds
  242. Vyacheslav Alekseevich Oleinikov (RMS)
  243. Kathleen Timpson Ollerenshaw (MacTutor)
  244. Alexander Oppenheim
  245. Hans-Heinrich Ostmann (Wikipedia), also (Obituary JDMV 86, 1984, 31-35)
  246. Oystein Ore (MacTutor)
  247. Alexander Markowich Ostrowski
  248. Ali Özlük 1952-2012
  249. Gordon Pall (no biography)
  250. Pan Chengdong
  251. William Parry Royal Society Memoirs
  252. Wilhelm Patz (no biography)
  253. William Barry Pennington (BLMS)
  254. Oskar Perron
  255. Hans Petersson (MacTutor)
  256. Walter Philipp
  257. Ilya Piatetski-Shapiro (1929-2009)
  258. Joachim Piehler
  259. Jean François Théophile Pépin (Wikipedia)
  260. Subbayya Sivasankaranarayana Pillai
  261. Nils Pipping (1890-1982)
  262. Charles Pisot
  263. Peter Arthur Barry Pleasants (24th August 1939- 20th April 2008)
  264. Henry Cabourn Pocklington Obituary Notices of Fellows of the Royal Society, Vol. 8, No. 22 (Nov. 1953) 555-565 (JSTOR)
  265. Felix Pollaczek
  266. George Pólya (MacTutor)
  267. Alf van der Poorten (1942-2010)
  268. J. Popken (1905-1970) (H. Jager, C.G.Lekkerkerker: Nieuw Archief voor Wiskunde 19 (1971) 1-9)
  269. Aleksei Georgievich Postnikov (RMS)
  270. Ralph Earnest Powers (Wikipedia)
  271. Karl Prachar (1924-1994) (E. Hlawka: Monatshefte für Math. 121 (1996) 1-9)
  272. Hans Rademacher
  273. Steve Rallis (AMS Notices)
  274. Kanakanahalli Ramachandra
  275. Kollagunta Gopalaiyer Ramanathan
  276. Chidambaram Padmanabhan Ramanujam (MacTutor)
  277. Srinivasa Ramanujan
  278. Robert Alexander Rankin (MacTutor)
  279. Ramanujan website (Prof. K. Srinivasa Rao)
  280. László Rédei
  281. Hans Reichardt
  282. Robert Remak (MacTutor)
  283. Alfréd Rényi
  284. Giovanni Ricci (AA)
  285. Hans-Egon Richert
  286. Georg Friedrich Bernhard Riemann
  287. Hans Riesel (Wikipedia biography)
  288. Raphael Robinson (MacTutor)
  289. Kirill Andreevich Rodosskii (1913-2004)
  290. Claude Ambrose Rogers
  291. Jonathan Rogawski (1955-2011)
  292. Nikolai Pavlovich Romanov
  293. Arnold Ross (NAMS)
  294. John Barkley Rosser (Wikipedia)
  295. Louis Saalschütz (Wikipedia)
  296. Raphaël Salem
  297. Pierre Samuel (Wikipedia)
  298. Giovanii Sansone
  299. Peter Scherk (1910-1985)
  300. Theodor Schneider (MacTutor)
  301. Lev Genrikhovich Schnirel'mann (translation by Vladimir Drobot)
  302. Arnold Scholz
  303. Lowell Schoenfeld (John Ewing's tribute)
  304. Theodor Schönemann (Wikipedia)
  305. Issai Schur (MacTutor)
  306. 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
  307. Stefan Schwarz (MacTutor)
  308. Wolfgang Schwarz
  309. Sanford (Sandy) Segal (1937-2010)
  310. Beniamino Segre (AA)
  311. Atle Selberg
  312. Sigmund Selberg (Wikipedia)
  313. Clas-Olaf Selenius
  314. John Selfridge (1927-2010)
  315. Joseph Alfred Serret (MacTutor)
  316. Joseph Shalika (1941-2010), In Memoriam: Joseph A. Shalika 1941-2010, Freydoon Shahidi, American Journal of Mathematics, Volume 132, Number 6, December 2010, pp. iii-iv
  317. Daniel Shanks
  318. Harold Nathaniel Shapiro
  319. Andrei Borisovich Shidlovsky (RMS)
  320. Takuro Shintani (J. Fac. Sci. Tokyo 28 (1981) iii-vi)
  321. Lev Genrikhovich Shnirelman (MacTutor)
  322. Carl Ludwig Siegel
  323. Waclaw Sierpinski
  324. Václav Šimerka (Franz Lemmermeyer, LMS J. Computing and Mathematics, 16 (2013) 118-129) Also see Wikipedia article
  325. Stanley Skewes (Wikipedia)
  326. Albert Thoralf Skolem
  327. 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)
  328. Henry John Stephen Smith
  329. Robert Arnold Smith (1937-1983) (E. Kani: Rocky Mountain J. 15 (1985) 413-415)
  330. Julius Sommer (Wikipedia)
  331. Robert Samuel Spira (1927-2013)
  332. Vladimir Gennadievich Sprindzuk
  333. Paul Gustav Stäckel (MacTutor)
  334. Gertrude Katherine Stanley
  335. Sergei Borisovich Stechkin (RMS)
  336. Ray Steiner (1942-2014) (The Blade)
  337. Rosemarie Stemmler (July 27, 1930-July 18, 2011)
  338. Moritz Abraham Stern (MacTutor)
  339. Ludwig Stickelberger (Wikipedia)
  340. Thomas Jan Stieltjes (MacTutor)
  341. Richard G. Stoneham (1920-1996)
  342. Carl Størmer (1874-1957) (Carl Størmer in memoriam, by Viggo Brun, Acta Math. 100, 1958, i-vii)
  343. Walter Wilson Stothers
  344. Reinhold Straßmann (Wikipedia)
  345. Ernst Gabor Strauss
  346. Erik Stridsberg (1871-1950)
  347. Matukumalli Venkata Subbarao, 1921-2006 (R. Balasubramanian)
  348. Zyoiti Suetuna (MacTutor)
  349. George Szekeres(1911-2005)
  350. Kazimierz Szymiczek (1939-2015)
  351. Teiji Takagi (MacTutor)
  352. Ralph Tambs-Lyche (Obituary by Ernst S. Selmer, Normat 39 (1991))
  353. Yutaka Taniyama
  354. Olga Taussky-Todd (MacTutor)
  355. Paul Emery Thomas (Berkeley memorial)
  356. Axel Thue
  357. Heinrich Franz Friedrich Tietze (MacTutor)
  358. Nikolai Mikhailovich Timofeev (RMS)
  359. Edward Charles Titchmarsh
  360. Paul Turán
  361. Jerzy Urbanowicz
  362. James Victor Uspensky (1883-1947)
  363. Charles-Joseph de la Vallée Poussin
  364. Johannes Gualtherus van der Corput (AA)
  365. Harry Schultz Vandiver (MacTutor)
  366. Joost van Hamel
  367. Jacobus Hendricus van Lint (MacTutor)
  368. Boris Alekseevich Venkov (Wikipedia)
  369. Boris Borisovich Venkov died in Aachen on November 10th, 2011
  370. Tirukkannapuram Vijayaraghavan (JLMS 33 (1958) 252-255)
  371. Askol'd Ivanovich Vinogradov (1929-2005)
  372. Ivan Matveevich Vinogradov
  373. Niels Fabian Helge von Koch (MacTutor)
  374. Karl Georg Christian von Staudt (MacTutor)
  375. Sergei Mikhailovich Voronin (RMS)
  376. Georgy Fedoseevich Voronoi (MacTutor)
  377. Arnold Zel'manovich Walfisz
  378. Donald Dines Wall (Wikipedia)
  379. Edward Waring (MacTutor)
  380. Morgan Ward
  381. Jack Warga
  382. George Neville Watson (MacTutor)
  383. George Leo Watson
  384. Heinrich Martin Weber (MacTutor)
  385. André Weil
  386. Alfred Edward Western (JLMS)
  387. Hermann Weyl
  388. Albert Leon Whiteman (NAMS)
  389. Arthur Wieferich
  390. Carl Severin Wigert (Wikipedia)
  391. John Raymond Wilton (Australian dictionary of Biography)
  392. Anders Wiman (Trygve Nagell, Acta Math. 103 (1960) I-VI)
  393. Aurel Friedrich Wintner (MacTutor)
  394. Jan Wójcik (1936-1994) (A. Schinzel, Wiadom. Math. 33 (1997), 199-203)
  395. Joseph Wolstenholme (MacTutor)
  396. Rod Worley died on 24th July 2011
  397. John Wrench Jr.
  398. Sir Edward Maitland Wright
  399. Yoshihiko Yamamoto (died in 2004)
  400. Hans Zassenhaus
  401. Egor Ivanovich Zolotarev

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