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

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