Abraham de Moivre

1667 - 1754

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Abraham de Moivre FRS (French pronunciation: [abʁaam də mwavʁ]; 26 May 1667 – 27 November 1754) was a French mathematician known for de Moivre's formula, a formula that links complex numbers and trigonometry, and for his work on the normal distribution and probability theory. He moved to England at a young age due to the religious persecution of Huguenots in France which reached a climax in 1685 with the Edict of Fontainebleau. He was a friend of Isaac Newton, Edmond Halley, and James Stirling. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Abraham de Moivre has received more than 563,693 page views. His biography is available in 54 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 52 in 2019). Abraham de Moivre is the 67th most popular mathematician (down from 57th in 2019), the 450th most popular biography from France (down from 420th in 2019) and the 16th most popular French Mathematician.

Abraham de Moivre is most famous for his contributions to probability and statistics. He is credited with the discovery of the central limit theorem, which states that the mean of a large number of independent random variables will be approximately normally distributed.

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Among mathematicians, Abraham de Moivre ranks 67 out of 1,004Before him are Abu al-Wafa' Buzjani, Hermann Minkowski, Bhāskara II, Urbain Le Verrier, Simon Stevin, and Friedrich Bessel. After him are Ludolph van Ceulen, Giuseppe Peano, Richard Dedekind, Alexander Grothendieck, Nikolai Lobachevsky, and Bonaventura Cavalieri.

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Among people born in 1667, Abraham de Moivre ranks 3Before him are Jonathan Swift, and Johann Bernoulli. After him are Maria Anna of Neuburg, Queen Inhyeon, Anna Maria Luisa de' Medici, Antonio Lotti, Giovanni Girolamo Saccheri, Alessandro Magnasco, Johann Christoph Pepusch, Louise of Mecklenburg-Güstrow, and James Louis Sobieski. Among people deceased in 1754, Abraham de Moivre ranks 3Before him are Mahmud I, and Christian Wolff. After him are Ludvig Holberg, Maria Anna of Austria, Henry Fielding, Giovanni Battista Piazzetta, Jacopo Riccati, Henry Pelham, Edward Cave, Nicolai Eigtved, and Maria Teresa Felicitas d'Este.

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Among people born in France, Abraham de Moivre ranks 450 out of 6,770Before him are Joan I of Navarre (1273), Jean Genet (1910), Elisabeth of France (1602), Hippolyte Taine (1828), Anouk Aimée (1932), and Isabelle Huppert (1953). After him are Charles Le Brun (1619), Louis III of France (863), Suzanne Valadon (1865), Henri, Count of Chambord (1820), Ludwig I of Bavaria (1786), and François Arago (1786).


Among mathematicians born in France, Abraham de Moivre ranks 16Before him are Pope Sylvester II (938), Sophie Germain (1776), Marin Mersenne (1588), Gaspard Monge (1746), Émilie du Châtelet (1706), and Urbain Le Verrier (1811). After him are Johann Heinrich Lambert (1728), Adrien-Marie Legendre (1752), Siméon Denis Poisson (1781), Guillaume de l'Hôpital (1661), Pierre Louis Maupertuis (1698), and Charles Hermite (1822).