# Mathematician:Mathematicians/Sorted By Nation/South Africa

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

- -- Eric Temple Bell:

## South Africa

##### Stanley Skewes $($$\text {1899}$ – $\text {1988}$$)$

South African mathematician, best known for his discovery of the Skewes' number in $1933$.

One of John Edensor Littlewood's students at Cambridge University.
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##### Seymour Aubrey Papert $($$\text {1928}$ – $\text {2016}$$)$

South African-born American mathematician, computer scientist and educator

One of the pioneers of artificial intelligence, and of the constructionist movement in education.

Co-inventor, with Wally Feurzeig and Cynthia Solomon, of the Logo programming language.
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