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Minor Mathematicians

This page collects mentions of minor (mainly contemporary) mathematicians whose biographical details are unavailable.

For more comprehensive information on the lives and works of mathematicians through the ages, see the MacTutor History of Mathematics archive, created by John J. O'Connor and Edmund F. Robertson.

The army of those who have made at least one definite contribution to mathematics as we know it soon becomes a mob as we look back over history; 6,000 or 8,000 names press forward for some word from us to preserve them from oblivion, and once the bolder leaders have been recognised it becomes largely a matter of arbitrary, illogical legislation to judge who of the clamouring multitude shall be permitted to survive and who be condemned to be forgotten.[1]


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Thomas Weymon Adair

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Dorothée Aeppli

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Stephen Ainley

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P.V. Seshu Aiyar

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Miquel Albertí

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Roland Alter


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Luis Fernando Areán Álvarez

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John C. Amazigo

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A. Amthor

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Larry C. Andrews

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William Symes Andrews

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Hugh ApSimon

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Javier Arbonés

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Joel Armengaud (b. 1967 )

Frenchman who found the Mersenne prime $M_{1\ 398\ 269}$.
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Eduardo Arroyo

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Lluis Artal

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A.M. Arthurs

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J. Marshall Ash

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Robert B. Ash

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Charles Ashbacher

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  • 1990: More on palindromic squares (J. Recr. Math. Vol. 22no. 2: 133 – 135)


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Guy Auliac

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John R. Aumann

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Sheldon Jay Axler

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Francesc Banyuls

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Mark Barr

Coined the use of $\Phi$ and $\phi$ for the golden mean $1 \cdotp 618 \ldots$ and its reciprocal $0 \cdotp 618 \ldots$ respectively.
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William Warren Bartley

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Maria Isabel Binimelis Bassa

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J.H. Baumwell


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Carter Bays

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Bernard Beauzamy

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Walter E. Beck

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Richard Beigel

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  • 1994: The Language of Machines: an Introduction to Computability and Formal Languages (with Robert W Floyd)


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Albert H. Beiler

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Ignasi Belda

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Manuel Benito

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Thomas Bevan

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Claude Elias Billigheimer

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Donald Watson Blackett

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David Russell Bland

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W.J. Blundon

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Thomas Scott Blyth

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Jan Bohman

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Boubaker Boubaker


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D.E. Bourne

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F.E. Bowman

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Jean Brette

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Richard Bridges

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Alan L. Brown

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  • 1954: Multiperfect Numbers (Scripta Math Vol. 20: 103 – 106)


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B.H. Brown

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Donald J. Brown

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Charles Albert Browne, Jr.

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Simcha Brudno

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Ralph Heiner Buchholz

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J.P. Buhler

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Owen Sidney Burkinshaw

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John Allen Burns

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Rolf Busam

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Conrad Heinrich Edmund Friedrich Busche

German number theorist who did a lot of work on replicative functions and quadratic residues.
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Jean-Yves Caby

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A.S. Cahn

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M.R. Calandra

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  • 1985: Integers which are Palindromic in both Decimal and Binary Notation (J. Recr. Math. Vol. 18no. 1: 47)


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Christopher K. Caldwell

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  • 1987: Truncatable primes (J. Recr. Math. Vol. 19no. 1: 30 – 33)

Custodian of The Prime Pages
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Francisco Martín Casalderrey

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Claudi Alsina Català

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Ioana Cioranescu

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Frederick R. Cohen

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Graeme L. Cohen

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P. Dean Corbae

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Fernando Corbalán

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Robert M. Corless

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Gary Cornell

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Robert H. Cowen


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Guillermo Curbera

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J.A. Dardis

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Morton David Davis

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Gerard R. Deily

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Russ Denman

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Jordi Deulofeu

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Erik Dofs

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  • 1995: Solutions of $x^3 + y^3 + z^3 = n x y z$ (Acta Arith. Vol. 73: 201 – 213)


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Joe Lee Dorroh

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R.S. Dougherty


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Kevin L. Dove

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P.H. Doyle

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David Steven Dummit

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Peter Eisele

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B.G. Eke


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Martín Hötzel Escardó

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J. Javier Escribano

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Alberto Fanelli

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Michele Fanelli

Italian mathematician who pointed out that $\sqrt [9] {10 e^8} = 3 \cdotp 14159 \, 828 \ldots$

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E. Fauquembergue

Proved (simultaneously with R.E. Powers) that $2^{107} - 1$ is prime.

As some of Fauquembergue's claims of the primality of other Mersenne numbers proved to be incorrect, this result is usually attributed to Powers rather than to Fauquembergue.
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Clément-Samuel Fermat

The son of Pierre de Fermat.

Published a new edition in $1670$ of Bachet's translation of the Arithmetica of Diophantus.

This version included Pierre de Fermat's famous marginal notes
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Karl Fink

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Richard M. Foote

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Javier Fresán

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James W. Friedman

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Roger E. Frye

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Paul Gage

Discoverer, with David Slowinski, of the $32$nd, $33$rd and $34$th Mersenne primes: $2^{756 \, 839} - 1$ (in $1992$), $2^{859 \, 433} - 1$ (in $1994$) and $2^{1 \, 257 \, 787} - 1$ (in $1996$).
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Lamberto García del Cid

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Hillel V. Gauchman

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R.A. German

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Robert S. Gibbons

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Gerhard Gierz

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J.H. Giese

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Daniel P. Giesy

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Richard J. Gillings

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Roland Girgensohn

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Giuseppe Giuga


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Karl Goldberg

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  • 1953: A table of Wilson quotients and the third Wilson prime (J. London Math. Soc. Vol. 28no. 2: 252 – 256)


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André Gouffé

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  • 1973: Products Using All Ten Digits in the Denary System (J. Recr. Math. Vol. 6no. 1)


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Margaret M. Gow

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Enrique Gracián

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Martin Greendlinger

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Thomas Greenwood

Proposer of Greenwood's Conjecture, demonstrably false.
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Pere Grima

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James Grime

Publicist of mathematics and maker of YouTube videos.
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Carl Albert Grimm

Proposer of Grimm's Conjecture.


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G. Grossman

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Fred Joseph Gruenberger

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  • 1962: A Measure for Crackpots
  • April 1984: How to handle numbers with thousands of digits, and why one might want to (Scientific American Vol. 250no. 4: 19 – 26)


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Antonio J. Durán Guardeño

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Iolanda Guevara

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Shyam Sunder Gupta

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Karl Peter Hadeler

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Peter Hagis

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Bernard Hague

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Peter Hamburger

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D.E.G Hare

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Alexander Henderson

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François Hennecart

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Laurent Hodges

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Alfred Ernest Holbrow

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J.T. Howson

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Richard H. Hudson

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Dan Hoey


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James Alston Hope Hunter

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H.E. Huntley

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Raúl Ibáñez

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Nagayoshi Iwahori


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John Jackson

American $19$th century mathematician who described himself as a "Private Teacher of the Mathematics".

Known now only for his $1821$ book Rational Amusement for Winter Evenings; Or, a Collection of Above 200 Curious and Interesting Puzzles and Paradoxes relating to Arithmetic, Geometry, Geography &c. With Their Solution, And Four Plates. Designed chiefly for Young Persons.
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Kelly Jackson

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T.H. Jackson


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Leigh Janes

Discoverer of the factorion $40 \, 585$ in $1964$.
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D.J. Jeffrey

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Glyn Johns

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C.L. Johnson

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Wells Johnson

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M.F. Jones

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W. David Joyner

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Winfried Just

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Richard W. Kaye

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Klaus Keimel

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P.C. Kendall

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M.N. Khatri

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Hee Sik Kim

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Jeremy Kilpatrick

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James R. Kirkwood

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Edward Kitchen

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David A. Klarner

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Kenneth Korbin

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Mark Kot

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G.W. Kraft

Discoverer of the $9$th odd amicable pair $1 \, 175 \, 265$ and $1 \, 438 \, 983$ in the $17$th century.
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Donald L. Kreher

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B. Krumbiegel

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Marcin E. Kuczma

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Richard Laatsch

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Carole Baker Lacampagne

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M. Lal

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Leon J. Lander


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Bernard Landreau

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Douglas J. Lanska


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Mogens Esrom Larsen


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Kee-Wai Lau

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Jimmie D. Lawson

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Elvin J. Lee

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John Marshall Lee

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Nick Mackinnon

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Allan MacLeod

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Carlos Madrid

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Ahmed Magdy


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Jacob Marcelis

Gave an approximation to $\pi$ (pi): $3 + \dfrac {1 \, 008 \, 449 \, 087 \, 377 \, 541 \, 679 \, 894 \, 282 \, 184 \, 894} {6 \, 997 \, 183 \, 637 \, 540 \, 819 \, 440 \, 035 \, 239 \, 271 \, 702}$ which he mistakenly claimed was exact.
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Francis Masat

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Attila Máté

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Hideya Matsumoto

Japanese mathematician known for Matsumoto's theorem about Coxeter groups and Matsumoto's theorem calculating the second K-group of a field.
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J.G. Mauldon

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Wayne L. McDaniel

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  • 1987: Palindromic Smith Numbers (J. Recr. Math. Vol. 19: 34 – 37)


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Robert Mellon

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O. Melnikov

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C.L. Miller


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Richard J. Miller

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Richard K. Miller

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D.A. Millin


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William H. Mills


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Pablo Milrud

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Luo Ming

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Gary R. Minnich


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Michael W. Mislove

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Barry Mitchell

American mathematician who has worked influentially in category theory.
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Robert Mitchell

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Alfred Moessner

Contributed several papers to Scripta Mathematica, including:

On the subject of anomalous cancellation
An order $4$ magic square with several interesting properties.


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David John Moews


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Paul C. Moews


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Duncan Moore


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James C. Morehead

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Michael A. Morrison

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G. Morton

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Vicente Muñoz

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J.W. Mystrom

Inventor of a system of hecadeximal notation in $1862$:

Noll, An, De, Ti, Go, Su, By, Ra, Me, Ni, Ko, Hu, Vy, La, Po, Fy, Ton


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Nikolai Makarovich Nagorny


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Joaquín Navarro

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Joseph Neggers

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Roger B. Nelsen

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Carol Nelson

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A.M. Nesbitt


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Robert Norrie

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Rudolf Ondrejka

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  • 1988: A Palindrome (151) of Palindromic Squares (J. Recr. Math. Vol. 20no. 1: 68 – 71)


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Martin J. Osborne

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Thomas R. Parkin


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M.A. Penk

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David E. Penney

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S. Pilpel

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  • 1985: Some More Double Palindromic Integers (J. Recr. Math. Vol. 18: 174 – 176)


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Richard G.E. Pinch

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Gustavo Piñeiro

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Thomas Povey

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R.E. Powers

American amateur mathematician who discovered the $10$th and $11$th Mersenne primes $2^{89} - 1$ (in $1911$) and $2^{107} - 1$ (in $1914$.)

In $1916$, he determined that $2^{241} - 1$ is composite.
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R. Glenn Powers

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Carles Puig

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I. Gusti Putu Purnaba

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Stanley Rabinowitz

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Charles W. Raine

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  • 1948: Pythagorean Triangles from the Fibonacci Series 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, (Scripta Math. Vol. 14: 164)


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Lyle Ramshaw

Suggested by Ronald L. Graham, Donald E. Knuth and Oren Patashnik in Concrete Mathematics: A Foundation for Computer Science of $1989$ as being one of the inventors (with C.A.R. Hoare) of what is referred to on $\mathsf{Pr} \infty \mathsf{fWiki}$ as Wirth interval notation.

However, evidence is strong to suggest that he did nothing of the sort, and merely adopted it for his $1979$ thesis -- and even that is in doubt.
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C. Ramus

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B. Suryanarayana Rao

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K. Subba Rao

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Steven Ratering

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Randall L. Rathbun

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Tiger Redman


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James Austin Richards

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Alexander Provan Robertson

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Wendy Jean Rosalind Robertson

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Henry Joseph Ricardo

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  • June-July 2005: Goldbach's Conjecture Implies Bertrand's Postulate (Amer. Math. Monthly Vol. 112: 492)


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David Roberts


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Gabriel Robins

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Peter David Robinson

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Aldo Rona

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Rosa Maria Ros

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Harvey Ernest Rose

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Kermit Rose

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Ira Norman Rosenholtz

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C.R. Rosenstiel

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E. Rosenstiel

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Lester A. Rubenfeld

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F. Rubin


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Juanjo Rué

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Ronald E. Ruemmler

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Hans Sagan

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Josep Sales

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B. Sands

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Gerardo Sanz

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Vladimir I. Sarvanov

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M. Satyanarayana‏‎


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William L. Schaaf

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Helmut H. Schaefer

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René L. Schilling

German mathematician mainly active in the fields of measure theory and analysis.
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D.J.E. Schrek

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  • 1938: Beginselen der analytische meetkunde
  • 1950: Prince Rupert's problem and its Extension by Pieter Nieuwland (Scripta Math. Vol. 16: 73 – 80)
  • 1950: Prince Rupert's problem and its Extension by Pieter Nieuwland (Scripta Math. Vol. 16: 261 – 267)


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Pincus Schub

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John Sharp

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Charles L. Shedd


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Donald R. Sherbert

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K. Shirriff

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  • 1994: Computing Replicating Fibonacci Digits (J. Recr. Math. Vol. 26: 191 – 193)


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Robert D. Silverman

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G.J. Simmons

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  • 1970: Palindromic powers (J. Recr. Math. Vol. 3no. 2: 93 – 98)
  • 1972: On palindromic squares of non-palindromic numbers (J. Recr. Math. Vol. 5no. 1: 11 – 19)


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Walter S. Sizer

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David Slowinski

American mathematician who has discovered of several of the largest known Mersenne primes.

He has also written several textbooks on the subject.
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Gordon Spence (b. 1959 )

British IT manager and computer hobbyist who found the Mersenne prime $M_{2\ 976\ 221}$.
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Michal Stajsczak


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N.M. Stephens


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R.M. Sternheimer


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Maxwell B. Stinchcombe

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Adrian Struyk

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John S. Sumner

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Yiren Tan


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Nobuhiro Terai
  • 1993: The Diophantine equation $x^2 + q^m = p^n$ (Acta Arithmetica Vol. 63: 351 – 358)


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Brian S. Thomson

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Vicenç Torra

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Richard J. Trudeau

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Nikolaos G. Tzanakis

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  • 1991: Simplifying the solution of Ljunggren's equation $X^2 + 1 = 2 Y^4$ (J. Number Theor. Vol. 37no. 2: 123 – 132) (with Ray Steiner)


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Bruce van Brunt

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Stephane Vandemergel


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Wade VanLandingham


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Albert Violant i Holz

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Paul Wang

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Rex Watson

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Martin Weese

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Mentzer Russell Wehr

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Sol Weintraub

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R. Wesley

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Alfred E. Western

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M.T. Whalen


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W.P. Whitlock, Jr.

Mathematician who made some empirical observations about Pythagorean triangles in the mid-$20$th century.
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James Wiegold

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Albert Wilansky

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Kenneth S. Williams

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Kenneth M. Wilke


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Herbert J. Woodall


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Song Y. Yan

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James J. Yeh

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Vladimir Alekseevich Yemelichev

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Michael F. Yoder


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Aurel J. Zajta

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Charles Robert Zarnke

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Juraj Zeman

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Monte James Zerger

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Yifan Zhang

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Herbert Samuel Zuckerman

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Igor Edmundovich Zverovich

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References

  1. Eric Temple Bell: Men of Mathematics, 1937, Victor Gollancz, London.