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List of notable or famous mathematicians from the United States, with bios and photos, including the top mathematicians born in the United States and even some popular mathematicians who immigrated to the United States. If you're trying to find out the names of famous American 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 the United States is included when available.

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Albert Einstein is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Mathematicians from the United States
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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

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Age: Died at 76 (1879-1955)

Birthplace: Ulm, Germany

Profession: Mathematician, Physicist, Scientist, Theoretical Physicist Author, + more

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Grace Hopper is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Mathematicians from the United States
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Grace Murray Hopper was an American computer scientist and United States Navy rear admiral. She was one of the first programmers of the Harvard Mark I computer in 1944, and invented the first compiler for a computer programming language, and the one of those who popularized the idea of ...more

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Age: Died at 86 (1906-1992)

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Profession: Programmer, Mathematician, Computer scientist, Scientist

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#13 on The Most Influential Software Programmers of All Time

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Ted Kaczynski is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Mathematicians from the United States
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Theodore John "Ted" Kaczynski, also known as the "Unabomber", is an American mathematician and serial murderer. He is known for his wide-ranging social critiques, which opposed industrialization and modern technology while advancing a nature-centered form of anarchism. Between 1978 and 1995, ...more

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Age: 74

Birthplace: Evergreen Park, Illinois, United States of America

Profession: Mathematician

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Tom Lehrer is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Mathematicians from the United States
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Thomas Andrew Lehrer is an American singer-songwriter, satirist, pianist, and mathematician. He has lectured on mathematics and musical theater. He is best known for the pithy, humorous songs he recorded in the 1950s and '60s. His work often parodies popular song forms, though he usually creates ...more

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Age: 89

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Profession: Mathematician, Songwriter, Pianist, Singer-songwriter Lyricist, + more

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Kurt Gödel is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Mathematicians from the United States
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Kurt Friedrich Gödel was an Austrian, and later American, logician, mathematician, and philosopher. Considered with Aristotle and Gottlob Frege to be one of the most significant logicians in history, Gödel made an immense impact upon scientific and philosophical thinking in the 20th century, a time ...more

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Age: Died at 72 (1906-1978)

Birthplace: Brno-City District, Europe, Brno, Jihovýchod South Moravian Region, + more

Profession: Mathematician, Logician, Philosopher

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Donald Knuth is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Mathematicians from the United States
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Donald Ervin Knuth is an American computer scientist, mathematician, and professor emeritus at Stanford University. He is the author of the multi-volume work The Art of Computer Programming. Knuth has been called the "father of the analysis of algorithms". He contributed to the development of the ...more

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Age: 79

Birthplace: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States of America

Profession: Programmer, Mathematician, Computer scientist, Writer

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#4 on The Most Influential Software Programmers of All Time

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Charles Proteus Steinmetz is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Mathematicians from the United States
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Charles Proteus Steinmetz was a German-born American mathematician and electrical engineer. He fostered the development of alternating current that made possible the expansion of the electric power industry in the United States, formulating mathematical theories for engineers. He made ...more

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Age: Died at 58 (1865-1923)

Birthplace: Wrocław, Poland

Profession: Mathematician, Inventor, Scientist, Electrical engineer Engineer

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Benoit Mandelbrot is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Mathematicians from the United States
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Benoit B. Mandelbrot was a Polish-born, French and American mathematician, noted for developing a "theory of roughness" and "self-similarity" in nature and the field of fractal geometry to help prove it, which included coining the word "fractal". He later discovered the Mandelbrot set of intricate, ...more

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Age: Died at 86 (1924-2010)

Birthplace: Warsaw, Second Polish Republic

Profession: Mathematician, Professor, Scientist

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