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

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