Mathematician:Godfrey Harold Hardy

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English mathematician noted for his work in number theory and analysis.

Also famous for his discovery and mentorship of Srinivasa Aiyangar Ramanujan.

Non-mathematicians remember him mainly for his book A Mathematician's Apology.




  • Born: February 7, 1877, Cranleigh, Surrey, England
  • Died: December 1, 1947, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England

Theorems and Definitions

Results named for Godfrey Harold Hardy can be found here.

Definitions of concepts named for Godfrey Harold Hardy can be found here.


  • 1914: Sur les Zéros de la Fonction $\map \zeta s$ de Riemann (C.R. Acad. Sci. Vol. 158: pp. 1012 – 1014)
  • 1921: The zeros of Riemann's zeta-function on the critical line (Math. Z. Vol. 10: pp. 3 – 4) (with J.E. Littlewood)
  • 1923: Some problems of ‘Partitio numerorum’; III: On the expression of a number as a sum of primes (Acta Math. Vol. 44: pp. 1 – 70) (with J.E. Littlewood)
  • 1966: Collected papers of G.H. Hardy (including joint papers with J.E. Littlewood and others)

Notable Quotes

A mathematician, like a painter or poet, is a maker of patterns. If his patterns are more permanent than theirs, it is because they are made with ideas.
-- Quoted in the Preface to 1992: George F. Simmons: Calculus Gems