The Mathematics Genealogy Project
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The intent of this project is to compile information about ALL the mathematicians of the world. We earnestly solicit information from all schools who participate in the development of research level mathematics and from all individuals who may know desired information.

Please notice: Throughout this project when we use the word "mathematics" or "mathematician" we mean that word in a very inclusive sense. Thus, all relevant data from statistics, or computer science or operations research is welcome.

In the following paragraphs we shall try to outline our goals and our underlying philosophy for the GENEALOGY PROJECT. It is our goal to list all individuals who have received a doctorate in mathematics. For each individual we plan to show the following:

  • The complete name of the degree recipient
  • The name of the university which awarded the degree
  • The year in which the degree was awarded
  • The complete title of the dissertation
  • The complete name(s) of the advisor(s)

Please note:
For the earlier periods the advisor/advisee relationship may not have been nearly so formal as it is in modern times. Thus, the links shown for those periods may reflect a mentor/student circumstance that is somewhat different than the links for more recent decades. Please remember: We are trying to help trace the intellectual history of our subject. Moreover, we acknowledge that the model we are using may well be anachronistic for the earlier periods.

Each of the five items can potentially be troublesome. Consider the name. Most of our data comes from either the university or the Dissertation Abstracts. Neither source is perfect. Moreover, in some instances the name that was recorded in the archives at the time the degree was awarded is not the name by which the individual is known today. When we are aware of such a shift, e.g., a change due to marriage, a change in the choice of the individual's preference or, perhaps, a revised spelling; then we try to accomodate the change. Sometimes we have for historical completeness chosen to show the entire name. See, for example, E. H. Moore, where on his page we also show Eliakim Hastings. If a person routinely uses a middle name instead of the first name and we are aware of this, then we show the name as in the following example: C. Felix Klein and on his page we show Christian. See the paragraph below for tips on searching.

The name of the institution is also subject to change. For the most part we tend to show the name by which the institution is known today. Thus the diploma that was given to Carl E. Langenhop showed the awarding institution was Iowa State College; we show this school as Iowa State University.

We would like to show the year in which the degree was awarded. However, some sources show the year according to when the notification was received. When so informed we will try to correct this sort of error.

We would like to give the complete dissertation title for everybody. However, currently our ability is limited by certain technical considerations. As these are resolved there may be more detail in the titles. Please help us by sending us corrections when the titles are incomplete or contain undecoded TEX code or other errors.

We try to show complete names. If, however, the name by which you know a person does not appear in a search on last and first names then try entering the name as a middle name. We try to put all names, which a person may have used at one time, in the "middle name" field. If a person's name contains a letter other that the twenty-six which are available we try to show the name correctly. However, under these circumstances when one enters a request one is limited. In these circumstances try using the alphabetical search by the first two letters or by a string of letters not involving the problem character. For instance the name "Müller" can not be entered. Try entering the string "ller". Similarly, if you recall that someone attended a university with "south" as part of the name but you don't recall whether it was South Carolina or South Florida or South Africa... simply enter the string "south" as the school. You will, of course, receive many listings, thus at least a partial name, first, last or middle, may help to refine the search.

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The Mathematics Genealogy Project is a service of the Department of Mathematics, North Dakota State University.

Supported in part by a grant from The Clay Mathematics Institute.

The genealogy project is in need of funds to help pay for student help and such. If you would like to contribute to this cause please send your tax-deductible contribution to:

Mathematics Genealogy Project
300 Minard Hall
P. O. Box 5075
Fargo, North Dakota 58105-5075

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