# 21,701/Historical Note

## Historical Note on $21 \, 701$

The Mersenne number $M_{21 \, 701} = 2^{21 \, 701} - 1$ was demonstrated to be a Mersenne prime on $30$ October $1978$, by two $18$-year-old school students: Landon Curt Noll and Ariel Nickel.