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

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