Alexander Grothendieck

1928 - 2014

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Alexander Grothendieck (; German pronunciation: [ˌalɛˈksandɐ ˈɡʁoːtn̩ˌdiːk] ; French: [ɡʁɔtɛndik]; 28 March 1928 – 13 November 2014) was a German-born mathematician who became the leading figure in the creation of modern algebraic geometry. His research extended the scope of the field and added elements of commutative algebra, homological algebra, sheaf theory, and category theory to its foundations, while his so-called "relative" perspective led to revolutionary advances in many areas of pure mathematics. He is considered by many to be the greatest mathematician of the twentieth century.Grothendieck began his productive and public career as a mathematician in 1949. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Alexander Grothendieck has received more than 1,372,569 page views. His biography is available in 55 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 52 in 2019). Alexander Grothendieck is the 71st most popular mathematician (up from 79th in 2019), the 359th most popular biography from Germany (up from 410th in 2019) and the 12th most popular German Mathematician.

Grothendieck is most famous for his work in algebraic geometry, specifically the development of the theory of schemes.

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Over the past year Alexander Grothendieck has had the most page views in the with 224,516 views, followed by French (86,571), and Japanese (69,642). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Pashto (248.42%), Bulgarian (134.44%), and Serbian (103.25%)


Among mathematicians, Alexander Grothendieck ranks 71 out of 1,004Before him are Simon Stevin, Friedrich Bessel, Abraham de Moivre, Ludolph van Ceulen, Giuseppe Peano, and Richard Dedekind. After him are Nikolai Lobachevsky, Bonaventura Cavalieri, Zhang Heng, Alfred North Whitehead, Johann Heinrich Lambert, and Benoit Mandelbrot.

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Among people born in 1928, Alexander Grothendieck ranks 23Before him are Karlheinz Stockhausen, Rinus Michels, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Didi, Jeanne Moreau, and Yves Klein. After him are Jean-Marie Le Pen, Friedensreich Hundertwasser, Shirley Temple, James Coburn, Kim Yong-nam, and Alvin Toffler. Among people deceased in 2014, Alexander Grothendieck ranks 14Before him are Luis Aragonés, Joe Cocker, Wojciech Jaruzelski, Eli Wallach, Gough Whitlam, and Hiroo Onoda. After him are Nadine Gordimer, Maximilian Schell, Jacques Le Goff, Paco de Lucía, Lauren Bacall, and Shirley Temple.

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Among people born in Germany, Alexander Grothendieck ranks 359 out of 7,253Before him are Thomas à Kempis (1380), Theodor Schwann (1810), Otto Dix (1891), Ludwig III of Bavaria (1845), Christian V of Denmark (1646), and Paul Hindemith (1895). After him are Heinrich Schütz (1585), Heinrich Mann (1871), Konrad Zuse (1910), Ludwig Beck (1880), Ernst Thälmann (1886), and Wilhelm Maybach (1846).


Among mathematicians born in Germany, Alexander Grothendieck ranks 12Before him are Gottlob Frege (1848), Karl Weierstrass (1815), August Ferdinand Möbius (1790), Friedrich Bessel (1784), Ludolph van Ceulen (1540), and Richard Dedekind (1831). After him are Regiomontanus (1436), Felix Klein (1849), Carl Gustav Jacob Jacobi (1804), Christopher Clavius (1538), Hermann Weyl (1885), and Ferdinand von Lindemann (1852).