Famous Mathematicians from Norway

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

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  • Idun Reiten

    Idun Reiten (born 1 January 1942) is a Norwegian professor of mathematics. She is considered to be one of Norway's greatest mathematicians today.

    • Age: 80
    • Birthplace: Norway
  • Arne Sletsjøe

    Arne Bernhard Sletsjøe (sometimes shown as Arne Slettsjø, born 8 April 1960) is a Norwegian mathematician and retired sprint canoer who competed internationally in the mid to late 1980s. He won two medals in the K-4 10000 m event at the ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships with a gold in 1987 and a silver in 1983. Sletsjøe also competed in two Summer Olympics in the K-4 1000 m event. At the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, he was eliminated in the semifinals. Four years later in Seoul, Sletsjøe and his teammates made the semifinals, but did not finish. Sletsjøe later served as president of the Norwegian Canoe/ Kayak Federation. He finished his secondary education at Oslo Cathedral School in 1977, graduated from the University of Oslo with the cand.real. degree in 1983 and took the doctorate in 1989. His academic advisor was Arnfinn Laudal. Sletsjøe still works at the University as an associate professor, having started out as a research fellow.He is a son of violist Arne Sletsjøe. He is married to Ingeborg Rasmussen, has two children and resides at Jar.
    • Age: 63
    • Birthplace: Norway
  • Atle Selberg (14 June 1917 – 6 August 2007) was a Norwegian mathematician known for his work in analytic number theory, and in the theory of automorphic forms, in particular bringing them into relation with spectral theory. He was awarded the Fields Medal in 1950.
    • Age: Dec. at 90 (1917-2007)
    • Birthplace: Langesund, Bamble, Norway
  • Axel Thue
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    Axel Thue (Norwegian: [tʉː]; 19 February 1863 – 7 March 1922), was a Norwegian mathematician, known for his original work in diophantine approximation and combinatorics.
    • Age: Dec. at 59 (1863-1922)
    • Birthplace: Tønsberg, Norway
  • Bernt Michael Holmboe
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    Bernt Michael Holmboe

    Bernt Michael Holmboe (23 March 1795 – 28 March 1850) was a Norwegian mathematician. He was home-tutored from an early age, and was not enrolled in school until 1810. Following a short period at the Royal Frederick University, which included a stint as assistant to Christopher Hansteen, Holmboe was hired as a mathematics teacher at the Christiania Cathedral School in 1818, where he met the future renowned mathematician Niels Henrik Abel. Holmboe's lasting impact on mathematics worldwide has been said to be his tutoring of Abel, both in school and privately. The two became friends and remained so until Abel's early death. Holmboe moved to the Royal Frederick University in 1826, where he worked until his own death in 1850. Holmboe's significant impact on mathematics in the fledgling Norway was his textbook in two volumes for secondary schools. It was widely used, but faced competition from Christopher Hansteen's alternative offering, sparking what may have been Norway's first debate about school textbooks.
    • Age: Dec. at 55 (1795-1850)
    • Birthplace: Vang, Oppland, Norway
  • Carl Anton Bjerknes (Norwegian: [ˈbjærknəs]; 24 October 1825 – 20 March 1903) was a Norwegian mathematician and physicist. Bjerknes' earlier work was in pure mathematics, but he is principally known for his studies in hydrodynamics.
    • Age: Dec. at 77 (1825-1903)
    • Birthplace: Oslo, Norway