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Famous Mathematicians from Switzerland

List of notable or famous mathematicians from Switzerland, with bios and photos, including the top mathematicians born in Switzerland and even some popular mathematicians who immigrated to Switzerland. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Swiss mathematicians then this list is the perfect resource for you. These mathematicians are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known mathematician from Switzerland is included when available.

A factual list, featuring people like Albert Einstein and Paul Dirac.

This historic mathematicians from Switzerland list can help answer the questions "Who are some Swiss mathematicians of note?" and "Who are the most famous mathematicians from Switzerland?" These prominent mathematicians of Switzerland may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Swiss mathematicians.

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    Albert Einstein was a German-born theoretical physicist. Einstein's work is also known for its influence on the philosophy of science. He developed the general theory of relativity, one of the two pillars of modern physics. Einstein is best known in popular culture for his mass–energy equivalence ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 76 (1879-1955)
    • Birthplace: Ulm, Germany
    • Profession: Mathematician, Physicist, Scientist, Theoretical Physicist, Author + 3 more
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    Conrad Dasypodius

    Conrad Dasypodius was a professor of mathematics in Strasbourg, Alsace. He was born in Frauenfeld, Thurgau, Switzerland. His first name was also rendered as Konrad or Conradus or Cunradus, and his last name has been alternatively stated as Rauchfuss, Rauchfuß, and Hasenfratz. He was the son of Petrus ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 71 (1530-1601)
    • Birthplace: Frauenfeld, Switzerland
    • Profession: Mathematician
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    Christian Wurstisen

    Christian Wurstisen was a mathematician, theologician, historian from Basel. His name is also given as Wursteisen, Wurzticius, Ursticius, Urstisius, or Urstis. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 44 (1544-1588)
    • Profession: Mathematician
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    Daniel Bernoulli FRS was a Swiss mathematician and physicist and was one of the many prominent mathematicians in the Bernoulli family. He is particularly remembered for his applications of mathematics to mechanics, especially fluid mechanics, and for his pioneering work in probability and statistics. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 82 (1700-1782)
    • Birthplace: Groningen, Kingdom of the Netherlands
    • Profession: Mathematician, Physicist, Scientist, Author, Writer
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    Eduard L. Stiefel was a Swiss mathematician. Together with Cornelius Lanczos and Magnus Hestenes, he invented the conjugate gradient method, and gave what is now understood to be a partial construction of the Stiefel–Whitney classes of a real vector bundle, thus co-founding the study of characteristic ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 69 (1909-1978)
    • Birthplace: Zürich, Switzerland
    • Profession: Mathematician
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    Edward Kofler was a mathematician who made important contributions to game theory and fuzzy logic by working out the theory of linear partial information. He was born in Brzeżany, Austrian-Hungarian empire and graduated as a disciple of among others Hugo Steinhaus and Stefan Banach from the University ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 96 (1911-2007)
    • Birthplace: Berezhany, Ukraine
    • Profession: Mathematician, Scientist
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    Ernst Specker

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    Ernst Paul Specker was a Swiss mathematician. Much of his most influential work was on Quine’s New Foundations, a set theory with a universal set, but he is most famous for the Kochen–Specker theorem in quantum mechanics, showing that certain types of hidden variable theories are impossible. He also ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 91 (1920-2011)
    • Birthplace: Zürich, Switzerland
    • Profession: Mathematician
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    Eva Bayer-Fluckiger

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    Eva Bayer-Fluckiger is a Swiss mathematician at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne. She has worked on several topics in topology, algebra and number theory, e.g. on the theory of knots, on lattices, on quadratic forms and on Galois cohomology. Along with Raman Parimala, she proved Serre's ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 64
    • Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
    • Profession: Mathematician
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    Florian Cajori was a Swiss-American historian of mathematics. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 71 (1859-1930)
    • Birthplace: Canton of Graubünden, Switzerland
    • Profession: Mathematician
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    Gabriel Cramer was a Swiss mathematician, born in Geneva. He was the son of physician Jean Cramer and Anne Mallet Cramer. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 48 (1704-1752)
    • Birthplace: Geneva, Switzerland
    • Profession: Mathematician
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    Georges de Rham was a Swiss mathematician, known for his contributions to differential topology. He studied at the University of Lausanne and then in Paris for a doctorate, becoming a lecturer in Lausanne in 1931; where he held positions until retirement in 1971; he held positions in Geneva in ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 87 (1903-1990)
    • Birthplace: Roche, Switzerland
    • Profession: Mathematician
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    Guerino Mazzola is a Swiss mathematician, musicologist, jazz pianist as well as book writer. He graduated at the University of Zürich in Mathematics, Theoretical Physics and Crystallography and completed his PhD in Mathematics in 1971. In 1980, he habilitated in Algebraic Geometry and Representation ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 68
    • Birthplace: Uster, Zürich, Switzerland
    • Profession: Jazz Pianist, Mathematician, Musicologist
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    Fritz Gunter Sachs was a German photographer, author, industrialist, and latterly head of an institute that researched claims of astrology. As a young man he became a sportsman, then gained international fame as a documentary film-maker and documentary photographer. He was interested in astrology and ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 79 (1932-2011)
    • Birthplace: Schweinfurt, Germany
    • Profession: Business magnate, Author, Photographer
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    Heinz Hopf was a German mathematician. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 77 (1894-1971)
    • Birthplace: Germany
    • Profession: Mathematician, Scientist
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    Hugo Hadwiger

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    Hugo Hadwiger was a Swiss mathematician, known for his work in geometry, combinatorics, and cryptography. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 73 (1908-1981)
    • Profession: Mathematician
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    Jacob Bernoulli was one of the many prominent mathematicians in the Bernoulli family. He was an early proponent of Leibnizian calculus and had sided with Leibniz during the Leibniz–Newton calculus controversy. He is known for his numerous contributions to calculus, and along with his brother Johann, was ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 51 (1654-1705)
    • Birthplace: Basel, Switzerland
    • Profession: Mathematician, Scientist
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    Jakob Steiner

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    Jakob Steiner was a Swiss mathematician who worked primarily in geometry. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 67 (1796-1863)
    • Birthplace: Utzenstorf, Switzerland
    • Profession: Mathematician
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    Jean-Louis Calandrini was a Swiss scientist. He was a professor of mathematics and philosophy. He was the author of some studies on the aurora borealis, comets, and the effects of lightning, as well as of an important but unpublished work on flat and spherical trigonometry. He also wrote a commentary on ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 55 (1703-1758)
    • Birthplace: Geneva, Switzerland
    • Profession: Mathematician, Scientist, Botanist
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    Johann Baptist Cysat

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    Johann Baptist Cysat was a Swiss Jesuit mathematician and astronomer, after whom the lunar crater Cysatus is named. Born in Lucerne, the eighth of 14 children, his father, Renward Cysat, had been active since 1575 in Lucerne as Kanzler and had published the first printed European book concerning Japan, ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 70 (1587-1657)
    • Birthplace: Lucerne, Switzerland
    • Profession: Mathematician
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    Johann Bernoulli was a Swiss mathematician and was one of the many prominent mathematicians in the Bernoulli family. He is known for his contributions to infinitesimal calculus and educating Leonhard Euler in the pupil's youth. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 81 (1667-1748)
    • Birthplace: Basel, Switzerland
    • Profession: Mathematician
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