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Famous Mathematicians from the United States

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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
Dec. at 76 (1879-1955)
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 ...more
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Grace Hopper is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Mathematicians from the United States
Dec. at 86 (1906-1992)
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 ...more
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Ted Kaczynski is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Mathematicians from the United States
age 76
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 ...more
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Tom Lehrer is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Mathematicians from the United States
age 90
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 ...more
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Kurt Gödel is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Mathematicians from the United States
Dec. at 72 (1906-1978)
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 ...more
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Donald Knuth is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Mathematicians from the United States
age 81
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. ...more
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Charles Proteus Steinmetz is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Mathematicians from the United States
Dec. at 58 (1865-1923)
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 ...more
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Benoit Mandelbrot is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Mathematicians from the United States
Dec. at 86 (1924-2010)
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 ...more
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John Forbes Nash, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Mathematicians from the United States
age 90
John Forbes Nash, Jr. is an American mathematician whose works in game theory, differential geometry, and partial differential equations have provided insight into the factors that govern chance ...more
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Edward Witten is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Mathematicians from the United States
age 67
Edward Witten is an American theoretical physicist and professor of mathematical physics at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey. Witten is a researcher in string theory, ...more
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David Rittenhouse is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Mathematicians from the United States
Dec. at 64 (1732-1796)
David Rittenhouse was a renowned American astronomer, inventor, clockmaker, mathematician, surveyor, scientific instrument craftsman and public official. Rittenhouse was a member of the American ...more
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James Harris Simons is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Mathematicians from the United States
age 81
James Harris "Jim" Simons is an American mathematician, hedge fund manager, and philanthropist. He is a code breaker and studies pattern recognition. Simons taught mathematics at Stony ...more
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John Backus is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Mathematicians from the United States
Dec. at 83 (1924-2007)
John Warner Backus was an American computer scientist. He directed the team that invented the first widely used high-level programming language and was the inventor of the Backus-Naur form, a ...more
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Robert Andrews Millikan is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Mathematicians from the United States
Dec. at 85 (1868-1953)
Robert A. Millikan was an American experimental physicist honored with the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1923 for his measurement of the elementary electronic charge and for his work on the ...more
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Hilary Putnam is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Mathematicians from the United States
age 92
Hilary Whitehall Putnam is an American philosopher, mathematician, and computer scientist who has been a central figure in analytic philosophy since the 1960s, especially in philosophy of mind, ...more
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Benjamin Banneker is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Mathematicians from the United States
Dec. at 75 (1731-1806)
Benjamin Banneker was a free African American scientist, surveyor, almanac author and farmer. Born in Baltimore County, Maryland, to a free African American woman and a former slave, Banneker ...more
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Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Mathematicians from the United States
Dec. at 85 (1910-1995)
Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar, FRS, was an Indian American astrophysicist born in Lahore, Punjab. Chandrasekhar was awarded, along with William A. Fowler, the 1983 Nobel Prize for Physics, with ...more
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Francis Robbins Upton is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Mathematicians from the United States
Dec. at 69 (1852-1921)
Francis Robbins Upton was an American physicist and mathematician.
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Claude Shannon is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Mathematicians from the United States
Dec. at 85 (1916-2001)
Claude Elwood Shannon was an American mathematician, electronic engineer, and cryptographer known as "the father of information theory". Shannon is famous for having founded ...more
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John von Neumann is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Mathematicians from the United States
Dec. at 54 (1903-1957)
John von Neumann was a Hungarian and later American pure and applied mathematician, physicist, inventor, polymath, and polyglot. He made major contributions to a number of fields, including ...more
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Solomon Feferman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Mathematicians from the United States
age 90
Solomon Feferman is an American philosopher and mathematician with works in mathematical logic. He was born in New York City, New York, and received his Ph.D. in 1957 from the University of ...more
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Marjorie Lee Browne is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Mathematicians from the United States
Dec. at 65 (1914-1979)
Marjorie Lee Browne was a noted mathematics educator. She was one of the first African-American women to receive a doctorate in mathematics.
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Steve Baer is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Mathematicians from the United States
age 81
Steve Baer is an American inventor and solar and residential designer. Baer has served on the board of directors of the U.S. Section of the International Solar Energy Society, and on the board ...more
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Stephen Wolfram is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Mathematicians from the United States
age 59
Stephen Wolfram is a British computer scientist, entrepreneur and former physicist known for his contributions to theoretical physics; his pioneering work on knowledge-based programming; as the ...more
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Martin Gardner is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Mathematicians from the United States
Dec. at 96 (1914-2010)
Martin Gardner was an American popular mathematics and popular science writer, with interests also encompassing micromagic, scientific skepticism, philosophy, religion, and literature—especially ...more