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

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