Abraham de Moivre

1667 - 1754

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Abraham de Moivre (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 began in 1685. 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 448,402 page views. His biography is available in 52 different languages on Wikipedia. Abraham de Moivre is the 64th most popular mathematician (up from 66th in 2019), the 429th most popular biography from France (down from 422nd in 2019) and the 13th 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 64 out of 828Before him are Karl Weierstrass, Al-Battani, Abu al-Wafa' Buzjani, Willebrord Snellius, Zhang Heng, and Alfred North Whitehead. After him are Claude Shannon, Hermann Minkowski, Urbain Le Verrier, August Ferdinand Möbius, Friedrich Bessel, and Émilie du Châtelet.

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

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Among people born in France, Abraham de Moivre ranks 429 out of 5,234Before him are Gérard Philipe (1922), Nicolas Malebranche (1638), Francis Poulenc (1899), Lothair of France (941), André Derain (1880), and Eugène Viollet-le-Duc (1814). After him are Hippolyte Taine (1828), Pierre Gassendi (1592), Aristide Briand (1862), Patrick Modiano (1945), Robert Delaunay (1885), and Paul Éluard (1895).


Among mathematicians born in France, Abraham de Moivre ranks 13Before him are Évariste Galois (1811), Henri Poincaré (1854), Pope Sylvester II (938), Augustin-Louis Cauchy (1789), Sophie Germain (1776), and Marin Mersenne (1588). After him are Urbain Le Verrier (1811), Émilie du Châtelet (1706), Gaspard Monge (1746), Siméon Denis Poisson (1781), Johann Heinrich Lambert (1728), and Adrien-Marie Legendre (1752).