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

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  • Albert Einstein1

    Albert Einstein

    Dec. at 76 (1879-1955)

    BirthplaceUlm, Germany

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  • Grace Hopper2

    Grace Hopper

    Dec. at 86 (1906-1992)

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    Grace Brewster Murray Hopper (née Murray December 9, 1906 – January 1, 1992) was an American... more on Wikipedia
  • Ted Kaczynski3

    BirthplaceEvergreen Park, Illinois, United States of America

    Theodore John Kaczynski (; born May 22, 1942), also known as the Unabomber (), is an American... more on Wikipedia

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  • Tom Lehrer4

    Tom Lehrer

    Age: 92

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, USA

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  • Kurt Gödel5

    Kurt Gödel

    Dec. at 72 (1906-1978)

    BirthplaceBrno, Jihovýchod, Czech Republic

    Kurt Friedrich Gödel (; German: [ˈkʊɐ̯t ˈɡøːdl̩] (listen); April 28, 1906 – January 14, 1978)... more on Wikipedia
  • Donald Knuth6

    Donald Knuth

    Age: 82

    BirthplaceMilwaukee, Wisconsin

    Donald Ervin Knuth ( kə-NOOTH; born January 10, 1938) is an American computer scientist,... more on Wikipedia
  • Charles Proteus Steinmetz7

    Charles Proteus Steinmetz

    Dec. at 58 (1865-1923)

    BirthplaceEurope, Poland, Wrocław, Central Europe, Silesia

    Charles Proteus Steinmetz (born Karl August Rudolph Steinmetz, April 9, 1865 – October 26,... more on Wikipedia
  • Benoit Mandelbrot8

    Benoit Mandelbrot

    Dec. at 86 (1924-2010)

    BirthplaceWarsaw, Second Polish Republic

    Benoit B.  Mandelbrot  (20 November 1924 – 14 October 2010) was a Polish-born, French and... more on Wikipedia
  • John Forbes Nash, Jr.9

    BirthplaceBluefield, West Virginia

    John Forbes Nash Jr. (June 13, 1928 – May 23, 2015) was an American mathematician who made... more on Wikipedia
  • Edward Witten10

    BirthplaceBaltimore, Maryland

    Edward Witten (born August 26, 1951) is an American theoretical physicist and professor of... more on Wikipedia
  • David Rittenhouse11

    David Rittenhouse

    Dec. at 64 (1732-1796)

    BirthplacePaper Mill Run, Pennsylvania

    David Rittenhouse (April 8, 1732 – June 26, 1796) was an American astronomer, inventor,... more on Wikipedia
  • James Harris Simons12

    BirthplaceNewton, Massachusetts

    James Harris Simons (; born April 25, 1938) is an American mathematician, billionaire hedge... more on Wikipedia
  • John Backus13

    John Backus

    Dec. at 83 (1924-2007)

    BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania

    John Warner Backus (December 3, 1924 – March 17, 2007) was an American computer scientist. He... more on Wikipedia
  • Robert Andrews Millikan14

    Robert Andrews Millikan

    Dec. at 85 (1868-1953)

    BirthplaceMorrison, Illinois

    Robert Andrews Millikan (March 22, 1868 – December 19, 1953) was an American experimental... more on Wikipedia
  • Hilary Putnam15

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois

    Hilary Whitehall Putnam (; July 31, 1926 – March 13, 2016) was an American philosopher,... more on Wikipedia
  • Benjamin Banneker16

    Benjamin Banneker

    Dec. at 75 (1731-1806)


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  • Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar17

    Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar

    Dec. at 85 (1910-1995)

    BirthplaceLahore, Pakistan

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  • Francis Robbins Upton18

    Francis Robbins Upton

    Dec. at 69 (1852-1921)

    BirthplacePeabody, Massachusetts

    Francis Robbins Upton (1852 in Peabody, Massachusetts – March 10, 1921 in Orange, New Jersey)... more on Wikipedia
  • Claude Shannon19

    Claude Shannon

    Dec. at 85 (1916-2001)

    BirthplacePetoskey, Michigan

    Claude Elwood Shannon (April 30, 1916 – February 24, 2001) was an American mathematician,... more on Wikipedia
  • John von Neumann20

    John von Neumann

    Dec. at 54 (1903-1957)

    BirthplaceBudapest, Hungary

    John von Neumann (; Hungarian: Neumann János Lajos, pronounced [ˈnɒjmɒn ˈjaːnoʃ ˈlɒjoʃ];... more on Wikipedia
  • 21

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    Solomon Feferman (December 13, 1928 – July 26, 2016) was an American philosopher and... more on Wikipedia
  • Marjorie Lee Browne22

    Marjorie Lee Browne

    Dec. at 65 (1914-1979)

    BirthplaceMemphis, Tennessee

    Marjorie Lee Browne (September 9, 1914 – October 19, 1979) was a mathematics educator. She was... more on Wikipedia
  • 23

    Steve Baer

    Age: 82

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California

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  • Stephen Wolfram24

    BirthplaceLondon, United Kingdom

    Stephen Wolfram (; born 29 August 1959) is a British-American computer scientist, physicist,... more on Wikipedia
  • Martin Gardner25

    Martin Gardner

    Dec. at 96 (1914-2010)

    BirthplaceTulsa, Oklahoma

    Martin Gardner (October 21, 1914 – May 22, 2010) was an American popular mathematics and... more on Wikipedia