Monday, August 14, 2006

Mathematics Genealogy

The Mathematics Genealogy Project has a goal of listing every person who has ever gotten a PhD in Mathematics (or related fields such as statistics, computer science, or operations research), and their dissertation advisor and students they supervised the dissertation of. It's a big goal, but they've gone a long way in getting there.

I don't have PhD in mathematics. But I do have a master's degree in operations research (actually two of them, one in business and one in industrial engineering) and the advisor (John Pisa) of my master's thesis (Fat-tailed distributions in chance-constrained portfolio models) is listed in their genealogy data base. So I thought I'd take a look how far my linage went.

Pretty far.

There's a couple of branches, some of the antecedents had two advisors listed, so there's actually three branches that go back from Pisa. There's some impressive names in the lists. They are listed below. Probably it's not that unusual for somebody in mathematics to be able to trace their linage back through some well-known names.

Waclaw Sierpinski had two advisors and so did Stanislaw Zaremba

Erhard Weigel
Gottfried Leibniz
Jacob Bernoulli
Johann Bernoulli
Leonhard Euler
Joseph Lagrange
Simeon Poisson
Michel Chasles
Gaston Darboux
Stanislaw Zaremba
Waclaw Sierpinski
Jerzy Neyman
George Dantzig
John Pisa
Gary Carson

Josheph LIttrow
Nikolai Brashman
Pafnuty Chebyshev
Andrei Markov
Georgy Voronoy
Waclaw Sierpinski
Jerzy Neyman
George Dantzig
John Pisa
Gary Carson


Blogger Randy G said...

Pretty impressive list if you're an absolute ass-hat, loser-nerd (Freddy Deeb line--------->See the Circuit podcast episode with Haralabos Voulgaris at this link

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