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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 497,419 page views. His biography is available in 52 different languages on Wikipedia. Abraham de Moivre is the 57th most popular mathematician (up from 64th in 2019), the 420th most popular biography from France (up from 428th 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 57 out of 823Before him are Philolaus, Karl Weierstrass, Sofia Kovalevskaya, Nikolai Lobachevsky, Gaspard Monge, and Abu al-Wafa' Buzjani. After him are Brahmagupta, Al-Battani, Marin Mersenne, August Ferdinand Möbius, Simon Stevin, and Niccolò Fontana Tartaglia.

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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, Marie Thérèse of France, Giovanni Girolamo Saccheri, 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, Maria Teresa Felicitas d'Este, Edward Cave, and Nicolai Eigtved.

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Among people born in France, Abraham de Moivre ranks 420 out of 6,011Before him are Alphonse Daudet (1840), Philippe Noiret (1930), Louis Renault (1843), Henri Charrière (1906), Nicolas Malebranche (1638), and Nicolas Appert (1749). After him are Jean Monnet (1888), Paul Langevin (1872), Genevieve (423), Marin Mersenne (1588), William II of England (1056), and Fernand Léger (1881).


Among mathematicians born in France, Abraham de Moivre ranks 13Before him are Évariste Galois (1811), Pope Sylvester II (938), François Viète (1540), Augustin-Louis Cauchy (1789), Sophie Germain (1776), and Gaspard Monge (1746). After him are Marin Mersenne (1588), Urbain Le Verrier (1811), Johann Heinrich Lambert (1728), Adrien-Marie Legendre (1752), Guillaume de l'Hôpital (1661), and Émilie du Châtelet (1706).