Mathematician:Benjamin Gompertz

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British self-educated mathematician and actuary, best known for his Gompertz Law of Mortality, a demographic model published in $1825$.


English, of Dutch ancestry


  • Born: 5 March 1779 in London, England
  • Died: 14 July 1865 in London, England

Theorems and Definitions

Results named for Benjamin Gompertz can be found here.

Definitions of concepts named for Benjamin Gompertz can be found here.


  • 1822: Theory of astronomical instruments
  • 1825: A new instrument called the differential sextant
  • 1825: On the Nature of the Function Expressive of the Law of Human Mortality, and on a New Mode of Determining the Value of Life Contingencies (Phil. Trans. Vol. 115: pp. 513 – 585)
  • 1829: On the converted pendulum
  • 1850: Hints on Porisms