Mathematics Genealogy

by Tyler Clark

I am sure you have probably heard of the Mathematics Genealogy Project (MGP). The mission of the MGP, updated by faculty and students at North Dakota State University in Fargo, North Dakota, is “to compile information about ALL the mathematicians of the world.” Their website says they want to compile the following information,

  • The complete name of the degree Mathematics Genealogy Project Buttonrecipient
  • 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)

It is a very interesting website to browse in your free time. I have, however, wondered if there is a way to find a relationship you have with a specific mathematician. This led me to do a Google search for more information about this question. From my search, I came across another website that I have found to be quite interesting. It is called Mathematical Relationships. This website allows you to enter a name of a mathematician and search for their relationship with another mathematician. It is powered by the MGP, so both mathematicians must have an entry on the MGP website. Try it out and let us know what you find out about yourself or your advisor(s).

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