# Mathematician:Mathematicians/Sorted By Nation/Canada

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*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.'*- -- Eric Temple Bell:
*Men of Mathematics*, 1937, Victor Gollancz, London

- -- Eric Temple Bell:

## Contents

- 1 Canada
- 1.1 Samuel Beatty (1881 – 1970)
- 1.2 Norman Herbert Anning (1883 – 1963)
- 1.3 Albert William Tucker (1905 – 1995)
- 1.4 Leonidas Alaoglu (1914 – 1981)
- 1.5 Ivan Morton Niven (1915 – 1999)
- 1.6 Irving Kaplansky (1917 – 2006)
- 1.7 Kenneth Eugene Iverson (1920 – 2004)
- 1.8 Donald Bruce Gillies (1928 – 1975)
- 1.9 Hale Freeman Trotter (b. 1931 )
- 1.10 Alexander Keewatin Dewdney (b. 1941 )
- 1.11 Hugh Cowie Williams (b. 1943 )
- 1.12 Donald John Roberts (b. 1945 )
- 1.13 Stanley Wagon (b. 1951 )
- 1.14 Douglas Robert Stinson (b. 1956 )
- 1.15 Simon Plouffe (b. 1956 )
- 1.16 Daniel Robert Page (b. 1989 )

## Canada

##### Samuel Beatty (1881 – 1970)

Canadian mathematician, best known for Beatty sequences.
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##### Norman Herbert Anning (1883 – 1963)

Canadian mathematician, best known for the Erdős-Anning Theorem.
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##### Albert William Tucker (1905 – 1995)

Canadian mathematician who made important contributions in topology, game theory, and non-linear programming.
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##### Leonidas Alaoglu (1914 – 1981)

Canadian-American mathematician, most noted for his contribution towards the Banach-Alaoglu Theorem.
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##### Ivan Morton Niven (1915 – 1999)

Canadian-American mathematician, most noted for solving most of Waring's Problem.

Also notable for Niven numbers and Niven's constant.
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##### Irving Kaplansky (1917 – 2006)

Canadian mathematician who made major contributions to group theory, ring theory, the theory of operator algebras and field theory.
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##### Kenneth Eugene Iverson (1920 – 2004)

Canadian computer scientist best known for his invention of the computer language APL.

Also known for the notation known as Iverson's convention.
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##### Donald Bruce Gillies (1928 – 1975)

Canadian mathematician and computer scientist.

In $1963$, discovered the $21$st, $22$nd and $23$rd Mersenne primes with the aid of the ILLIAC II computer. The largest of these ($2^{11 \ 213} - 1$) was reported in the Guinness Book of Records and immortalised on all mail sent from the postroom of the University of Illinois.
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##### Hale Freeman Trotter (b. 1931 )

Canadian mathematician mainly working in number theory and knot theory.
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##### Alexander Keewatin Dewdney (b. 1941 )

Canadian mathematician, computer scientist and philosopher.

Between 1984 and 1993, he took over from Douglas Hofstadter the task of writing the *Metamagical Themas* column in Scientific American, which he renamed to *Computer Recreations*, then *Mathematical Recreations*.
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##### Hugh Cowie Williams (b. 1943 )

Canadian mathematician working mainly in number theory and cryptography.
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##### Donald John Roberts (b. 1945 )

Canadian-American economist, whose research focuses on the design, governance and management of organizations, especially in an international context.
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##### Stanley Wagon (b. 1951 )

Canadian-American economist, the author of multiple books on number theory, geometry, and computational mathematics.

Also known for his snow sculptures.
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##### Douglas Robert Stinson (b. 1956 )

Canadian mathematician and cryptographer.
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##### Simon Plouffe (b. 1956 )

Canadian mathematician who discovered the formula for the BBP Algorithm which permits the computation of the $n$th binary digit of $\pi$.
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##### Daniel Robert Page (b. 1989 )

Canadian mathematician, computer scientist and algorithmist.

Creator of Page's Algorithm.
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