Category Archives: Mathematicians

Happy 121st Birthday, Otto Neugebauer

Today is Otto Neugebauer’s birthday (May 26, 1899 — February 19, 1990). Normally, Mathematical Reviews would have a gathering in our kitchen with a cake. And I would remind people that Neugebauer left Europe, eventually ending up in Providence, Rhode … Continue reading

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John Horton Conway

John Horton Conway died on April 11 of COVID-19. He was 82 years old. In the midst of social distancing measures to fight the coronavirus pandemic, a common refrain is “life goes on”.  But sometimes it doesn’t. Conway was an … Continue reading

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Emily Riehl

Emily Riehl, a mathematician at Johns Hopkins University, won a huge prize from the university recently: the $250,000 President’s Frontier Award. Riehl works in category theory related to homotopy theory, such as $(\infty,1)$-categories.  Her work has roots in earlier work … Continue reading

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Louis Nirenberg

Louis Nirenberg died January 26, 2020 at the age of 94.  He made tremendous contributions to the field of partial differential equations and global analysis.  

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Masaki Kashiwara awarded 2018 Kyoto Prize

Masaki Kashiwara has been awarded the 2018 Kyoto Prize in Basic Sciences. 

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Happy 119th Birthday, Otto Neugebauer

Every year on or around Otto Neugebauer’s birthday (May 26),  Mathematical Reviews has a little birthday party for him, the founder of Mathematical Reviews.  I like it because it is a chance to remind ourselves that our founder did not give … Continue reading

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Happy birthday, Carl Friedrich Gauß

Google is honoring Carl Friedrich Gauss today (April 30, 2018) with a Google Doodle, in honor of his birthday.  Although Mathematical Reviews didn’t start until 1940, or 84 years after Gauss had died, he has an author profile in MathSciNet and … Continue reading

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Robert P. Langlands receives the Abel Prize

Robert Langlands has been awarded the Abel Prize for 2018.  His work known as the Langlands Program is widely reported on in the news items for the prize, and justifiably so.   On a very deep level, the program relates number … Continue reading

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Stephen Hawking

Stephen Hawking was one of the most gifted and most famous scientists of the last fifty years.   His science demonstrated a blend of technical ability and intuition.  Hawking’s best-known results concern black holes.  His earliest work was on singularities in … Continue reading

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Andrew Ranicki

Andrew Ranicki has died. Ranicki was a topologist, with particular expertise in algebraic surgery.  Indeed, Ranicki had the unusual title of Professor of Algebraic Surgery at the University of Edinburgh.  (Andrew was a special case for almost everything.)  His two … Continue reading

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