Mathematics Genealogy Project

Over at the Mathematics Genealogy Project, the American Mathematical Society (of which I am a member) is creating a voluntary database of mathematics PhD graduates and their supervisors, going back as far as possible.

I’ve put my details into the database but so far they don’t appear. But if you put my supervisor’s details into the database: (Ruibin Zhang), the “math genealogy” below appears. Carl Gauss is one of my mathematical forebears! He is my mathematical “great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-grandfather”.

R. B. Zhang: Ph.D. University of Tasmania 1986
Dissertation: The Gauge Technique
Advisor: Robert Delbourgo

Robert Delbourgo: Ph.D. 1964
Dissertation: The Gauge Technique
Advisor: Abdus Salam

Abdus Salam: Ph.D. University of Cambridge 1952
Dissertation: Renormalisation of Quantum Field Theory
Advisor 1: Unknown
Advisor 2: Nicolas Kemmer

Nicolas Kemmer: Ph.D. Universität Zürich 1935
Advisor: Gregor Wentzel
Gregor Wentzel: Dr. phil. Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München 1921
Dissertation: Zur Systematik der Röntgenspekten
Advisor: Arnold Sommerfeld

Arnold Sommerfeld: Ph.D. Universität Königsberg 1891
Dissertation: Die willkürlichen Functionen in der mathematischen Physik
Advisor: C. L. Ferdinand Lindemann

Carl Louis Ferdinand Lindemann: Ph.D. Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg 1873
Dissertation: Über unendlich kleine Bewegungen und über Kraftsysteme bei allgemeiner projektivischer Maßbestimmung
Advisor: C. Felix Klein

Christian Felix Klein: Ph.D. Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn 1868
Dissertation: Über die Transformation der allgemeinen Gleichung des zweiten Grades zwischen Linien-Koordinaten auf eine kanonische Form
Advisor 1: Julius Plücker
Advisor 2: Rudolf Lipschitz

Julie Plucker: Ph.D. Philipps-Universität Marburg 1823
Dissertation: Generalem analyeseos applicationem ad ea quae geometriae altioris et mechanicae basis et fundamenta sunt e serie Tayloria deducit
Advisor: Christian Gerling

Christian Gerling: Dr. phil. Georg-August-Universität Göttingen 1812
Dissertation: Methodi proiectionis orthographicae usum ad calculos parallacticos facilitandos explicavit simulque eclipsin solarem die
Advisor: Carl Gauß

Carl Gauß: Ph.D. Universität Helmstedt 1799
Dissertation: Demonstratio nova theorematis omnem functionem algebraicam rationalem integram unius variabilis in factores reales primi vel secundi gradus resolvi posse
Advisor: Johann Pfaff

Johann Pfaff: Dr. phil. Georg-August-Universität Göttingen 1786
Dissertation: Commentatio de ortibus et occasibus siderum apud auctores classicos commemoratis
Advisor: Abraham Kaestner

Abraham Kaestner: Ph.D. Universität Leipzig 17
Dissertation: Theoria radicum in aequationibus
Advisor: Christian Hausen

Christian Hausen: Dr. phil. Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg 1713
Dissertation: De corpore scissuris figurisque non cruetando ductu
Advisor: Johann Wichmannshausen

Johann Wichmannshausen: Ph.D. Universität Leipzig 1685
Dissertation: Disputationem Moralem De Divortiis Secundum Jus Naturae
Advisor: Otto Mencke

Otto Mencke: Ph.D. Universität Leipzig 1665, 1666
Dissertation: Ex Theologia naturali — De Absoluta Dei Simplicitate, Micropolitiam, id est Rempublicam In Microcosmo Conspicuam
Advisor: Unknown


6 Responses to Mathematics Genealogy Project

  1. Steve Edney says:

    Perhaps I’m displaying my ignorance of the others, but Arnold Sommerfeld is at least one fairly big name on your geaneology. A friend of mine, Suman Seth one of the few of my year group who continued on in academica, did his PHD in history and philosophy of science, particularly on the development of mathematical physics in germany early this century a lot of which concentrated on Sommerfeld.

  2. blumensacha says:

    I don’t know a great deal about Sommerfeld, but I know he was really important in math physics!

    Abdus Salam shared the Nobel prize in 1979 with Weinberg and Glashow “for their contributions to the theory of the unified weak and electromagnetic interaction between elementary particles, including, inter alia, the prediction of the weak neutral current”

    Klein worked with David Hilbert, Sophus Lie (of Lie groups fame) and Poincare, and is the Klein of “Kaluza-Klein theory”.

    Apart from Gauss and Bob Delbourgo (who’s down in the physics dept in Hobart), I havn’t heard much about the others – it’d be interesting to find out more. I wonder how far back the line goes?

  3. Steve Edney says:

    Ahh didn’t see Gauss there, probably to do with me skim reading over the german spelling and reading a B.

  4. Steve Edney says:

    And not reading also your comment at the top!

  5. Sacha says:

    Sorry about the formatting – I’ve stuffed up the html somehow.

    I wonder how many people also have Gauss as a forebear? 30,010 descendents on the genealogy tree – and that’s only the people in the database!

  6. Boris says:

    This proves importance of PhDs. If one of them didn’t have a PhD…

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