Greatest Mathematicians of All Time

This a list of the greatest mathematicians who have ever walked on this world. This is based on my knowledge... please help and enrich this list adding more names of the great mathematicians.

The Top Ten

1 Leonhard Euler Leonhard Euler Leonhard Euler was a Swiss mathematician, physicist, astronomer, logician and engineer who made important and influential discoveries in many branches of mathematics like infinitesimal calculus and graph theory while also making pioneering contributions to several branches such as topology and analytic more.

More than 900 works that too after going blind

He is not only a prolific writer in Mathematics but also there is a beauty in the theorems, concepts made by him. Very interesting mathematician.

Why is there even discussion about this.
Just look at his scope in quality and quantity.
Nobody comes close.

Analysis incarnate!

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2 Srinivasa Ramanujan Srinivasa Ramanujan

He is the greatest self educated mathematician ever. He gave more than 3000 theorems. Today also mathematicians struggling to prove his unsolved theorems.

All most all number theory theorems was made @ formulated by him @ hidden within himself so it does not came out side...

His date of birth is 1887-1920.

He was a mathematical genius without any formal education and this shows math is a subject intrinsic to the universe and not some people creation like religion.

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3 Carl Friedrich Gauss Carl Friedrich Gauss Johann Carl Friedrich Gauss was a German mathematician who contributed significantly to many fields, including number theory, algebra, statistics, analysis, differential geometry, geodesy, geophysics, mechanics, electrostatics, astronomy, matrix theory, and optics.

Even though I like Leonard Euler very much, due to the beautiful theorems invented by him, I feel Gauss would stand as greatest mathematician of all times, if we consider the rigour of his mathematical analysis and his ability.

He was a genius at 19 that amazes me

Gauss should be #1 because many of his theorems ae still used today

He is awesome.

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4 Isaac Newton Isaac Newton Sir Isaac Newton PRS was an English physicist and mathematician who is widely recognised as one of the most influential scientists of all time and a key figure in the scientific revolution.

He should be on the top of the list. He is just the greatest mathematician who ever lived! Afterall he's the founder of the most important branch of mathematics-"calculus". So please! Vote for him.

He is the only human being to be argued as the greatest mathematician ever and the greatest physicist ever at the same time.
Gauss is cool be only a mathematician, Einstein is fine and dandy but only a physicist. Newton is in a league of his own.
I don't know of what kind of thing this creature is made of

The greatest scientist ever has invented calculus, the most important branch of mathematics.he should be on the top of the list

Newton was definitely the greatest of all.

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5 Euclid

Man euclid is best he must be in top 5

The father of geometry.

Father of Geometry

The God of geometry

6 Archimedes Archimedes Archimedes of Syracuse was an Ancient Greek mathematician, physicist, engineer, inventor, and astronomer.

I believe Archimedes should go to the top 3 he invented buoyancy and the principle of the lever. the principle of the lever is the first principle ever to be introduced. He also made the spiral pump, which is still used today. If it weren't for him there would be no science of today.

Archimedes tried in finding the value of pie which helped in the building of the great pyramid of Giza in Egypt

Without him and the ancient Greek mathematicians and physicists we will still live in caves and eat bananas like monkeys.

In rating these geniuses one needs to take account of what they had to build on. Gauss and Euler we
were original but had 1500 years of other brilliant minds as a starting block- what Newton called “ the shoulders of giants “. Archimedes got there out of almost nothing. I would put him top.

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7 Aryabhatta

He is the best mathematician ever... His works were not converted into books that was the reason why he was not famous as Euler. He invented trigonometry which is most essential field in geometry.. He proved theorem of Pythagoras much before but they were not converted into books therefore we say it Pythagoras theorem..

The first inventor of Zero and pi.. And the first astronomer who said that the earth is round not Copernicus... Europeans stole many concepts of Indians and certain other Eastern countries.. He said that there are 7 satellites of Saturn before 8000 years and now NASA scientists does not had find the 8th one..

His works suggest that he was a man who possessed superhuman brains. He was more than a millennium ahead of the west. He knew about gravity, different properties of the solar system, size of the earth, trigonometry, value of pi, length of an year accurate to four places after decimal, eclipses, properties and nature of the mystic no zero, etc. He also used another different approach to integral calculus in order to calculate different areas.

Influenced arabic mathematics

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8 Gottfried W. Leibniz

Amongst his many contributions to a variety of fields, he independently invented Calculus and it is his notation that we learn today in school. His notation was so much more powerful than Newton's that because of their furious dispute, the British refused to adopt it and thus fell behind the rest of Europe in math over the next century. This is why after Newton, you don't hear about any great mathematician from England. The next wave of math geniuses came from France and Germany and other countries in the persons of Laplace, Lagrange, Gauss, Euler, etc, etc.

9 Bernhard Riemann

Paved the way for general relativity

His Hypothesis is still motivating research today!

Certainly one of the best there has been.. an outstanding student of Gauss giving us spectacular theorems with a lot to think about like the Riemann Zeta Function

I think he's the second to greatest(with Pythagoras being #1) - Squidward48

10 René Decartes

This guy is huge in Physics Mechanics Engineering with Statics and Dynamics. Either at rest calculations to encase with tons of examples or just constantly in motion yet again confines the action beautifully struggling to understand what is going on. Future is these might be done in real time however some background might be needed. With Rene Descartes all this became possible which is good Christianity Christmas. Awesome contributions and dared to where naught been having without and again might have been delays. Those just get the job done and the name attribution to...well it is Rene Descartes. - iliescu

The cartesian coordinate system was invented by this guy, and he's just so smart overall

The Contenders

11 John Von Neumann John Von Neumann John von Neumann was a Hungarian-American pure and applied mathematician, physicist, inventor, computer scientist, and polymath.

He gave the theoretical architecture of computer, known as Von Neumann architecture and his contributions are far far greater. 11 number is very low rank for him. He wasn't much visible in popular culture that's why he is ranked so low, I suppose.

He should be the number 1, because he worked the most difficult areas of math.

He changed every area he ever thought about. He ranks with Archimides and no one else is close to his breadth and depth of thinking.

He contributed so many things even outside of math also in quantum physics, meteorology, machine learning rackets, atomic bomb, this dude was deep... he was really large, the math in Gaus's times wasn't difficult... so Neumann vins)...he deserves to be at least in top 3 ever

12 Blaise Pascal Blaise Pascal Blaise Pascal (19 June 1623 – 19 August 1662) was a French mathematician, physicist, inventor, writer and Catholic theologian. He was a child prodigy who was educated by his father, a tax collector in Rouen. Pascal's earliest work was in the natural and applied sciences where he made important contributions more.
13 Augustin Cauchy

Well, he should at least he in top 2 for the spectacular maths he did.

I like the way he thinks

14 Georg Cantor
15 Pierre De Fermat

Remember how he made other mathematicians suffer after he died.

Hie is funi gui. and good friend to mi mother

16 Pierre Simon Laplace

I like his name

17 Pythagoras Pythagoras Pythagoras of Samos was an Ionian Greek philosopher, mathematician, and the putative founder of the movement called Pythagoreanism.

This is one of the fathers of modern math argumentation system and also the author of the first in the history mathematical theorems.

The grandfather of math none of these mathematicians would be on this list if it weren't for him

Pythagoras thm is very imp this man deserves at least in top ten please vote for him

He was probably the first mathmotition ever

18 Henri Poincaré

Differential equations and dynamical systems are in the base of modern math applications and technical progress. Poicare is undoubtedly one of the most prominent scientists who made this branch of math what it currently is. He deserves standing in one line with Newton, so I give him my vote. - elnino

The last true master of ALL of mathematics!

In my humble opinion, he was last greatest matematician of 19th century

One of the Last géreraliste.

19 Muhammad Al-Khowarizmi

He is the best mathematician because he invented algebra and without it nothing could have been done he should go to the top

He's inventor of algebra!
How come he's not in the to 5 at least!

Best Iranian and global mathematicians

He introduced the zore firs time in history

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20 Bhascar Acharya

He was the first who observed Gravitation.. Not Newton.. If you don't know then search it.. Newton worked on his principals and become famous.. Just like the Europeans taken wealth from eastern countries mainly India. That's the reason why world credits Europeans not Indians.

Real Father of the advance mathematics

It isn't Bhaskar Acharya.It is a single word BHASKARACHARYA.

21 Alan Turing Alan Turing Alan Mathison Turing was a pioneering English computer scientist, mathematician, logician, cryptanalyst and theoretical biologist.

Inventor of the turing machine. The first theoretcal computer. Inventor of the turing test for ai. Cracked the enigma machine during WWII.

Should be higher on the list.

22 Chris Winterburn

Very overlooked and underrated mathematician but up there with the best. Some of his theories look to be some of the most important ever.

THE ultimate mathematician. Absolutely sweats maths.

Brilliant and very overlooked mathematician

He's just so good

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23 Joshep Louis Lagrange
24 Sridhar Acharya
25 Bertrand Russell Bertrand Russell Bertrand Arthur William Russell, 3rd Earl Russell, was a British philosopher, logician, mathematician, historian, writer, social critic, political activist, and Nobel laureate.
26 David Hilbert

He was also a physicist.

Hilbert Space

27 Niles Abel
28 Alexandre Grothendieck

Greatest genius in math history. Nobody was better in a single area of math than Geothendieck was at algebraic geometry.

His unique approach to mathematics was unbelieveable. Greatest power of abstraction and generalization ever seen in a mathematician. All coming from a country in war and a very poor education (Montpellier). He is considered as the natural successor of Evariste Galois. He was brilliant and had a great capacity of work (with a vast amount of sheets after his death). Thanks to his work, Algebraic Geometry is nowadays one of the most importants topics of research with a lot of applications (both in mathematics and other disciplines (physics, statistics...). He was a master in building new mansions while other mathematicians were still building some furniture.

29 Evariste Galois

He was only 17 when he developed one of the greatest mathematical achievement ever

Hands down one of the greatest!

Most definitely the greatest of all. We will never know the extent of the work he could've acomplished.

30 Kurt Godel

Godel Theorem Incompleteness, more than enough to put him in top 10 list as best mathematicians ever.

Oh yes!

31 John Nash John Nash

Great mathematical

32 Brahmagupta

Discoverer of zero and inventor of the modern standard multiplication method

Very great mathematician and also a legend

33 Liu Hui
34 Grigori Perelman
35 Maryam Mirzakhani

She was one of the greatest mathematicians in the world, too bad she died so young.

36 Terence Tao Terence Tao Terence "Terry" Chi-Shen Tao is an Australian-American mathematician who has worked in various areas of mathematics.

He is cool

37 Joseph Fourier
38 Panini

Great mathematician! Delicious sandwich!

39 Peter G. L. Dirichlet
40 Nicolai Lobachevsky
41 Madhava of Sangamagrama

The first man on this earth who invented Calculus not Newton.. The Britishers who were ruling at that time stole his concepts and spread it in the Europe. Newton worked on his principals and become famous.. In the same way he did not discover gravity... Gravity was discovered by Bhaskaracharya An Indian scholars... Many European scientists stole Indian concepts

The real inventer of calculus... But the many westerners learned our language and stole many concepts especially Europeans

42 Constantin Carathéodory
43 Sir Andrew Wiles

Can't argue that this guy deserves to be somewhere near the top.

Why isn't he on the list? He proved Fermat's Last Theorem, which is essentially the most difficult mathematics theorem to ever show up. 3 centuries it went unsolved. And this man solved it by himself. That right, Gauss, Euler, NOBODY was able to solve it but this man did it in 7 years.

One of the best for proving Fermat's Last Theorem.

Objectively the best mathematician ever. If you ressurect Newton, Euler and every one on this list until 39, all them combined would not have been able to prove Fermath's last theorem.

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44 Jacob Steiner
45 Fibonacci

An Italian Mathematician, he wrote a number of Important Texts which played an important role in reviving Ancient Mathematical Skills, and he made significant contributions of His own.

46 Emmy Noether
47 Omar Al Khayyam
48 Richard Dedekind
49 Andrey N. Kolmogorov

Kolmogorov should be at the first 20 best mathemeticians

50 Godfrey H. Hardy

My favourite mathematician

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