MATHEMATICIAN

Alonzo Church

1903 - 1995

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Alonzo Church (June 14, 1903 – August 11, 1995) was an American mathematician and logician who made major contributions to mathematical logic and the foundations of theoretical computer science. He is best known for the lambda calculus, Church–Turing thesis, proving the unsolvability of the Entscheidungsproblem, Frege–Church ontology, and the Church–Rosser theorem. He also worked on philosophy of language (see e.g. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Alonzo Church has received more than 546,127 page views. His biography is available in 47 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 46 in 2019). Alonzo Church is the 159th most popular mathematician (up from 161st in 2019), the 1,174th most popular biography from United States (down from 1,080th in 2019) and the 7th most popular American Mathematician.

Alonzo Church was a logician and mathematician who is most famous for inventing the lambda calculus in the 1930s.

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Among MATHEMATICIANS

Among mathematicians, Alonzo Church ranks 159 out of 828Before him are Abu Maʿshar, George Pólya, Menelaus of Alexandria, Aloysius Lilius, Michael Atiyah, and James Gregory. After him are Ernst Kummer, Vito Volterra, Wacław Sierpiński, L. E. J. Brouwer, Hermann Schwarz, and Hermann Grassmann.

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Contemporaries

Among people born in 1903, Alonzo Church ranks 56Before him are Lars Onsager, Claudette Colbert, Irving Stone, Hugo Theorell, George Beadle, and John Eccles. After him are Tamam Shud case, Raymond Radiguet, Ernest Walton, Giulio Natta, Prince Charles, Count of Flanders, and Waldemar Hoven. Among people deceased in 1995, Alonzo Church ranks 45Before him are Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, Aziz Nesin, Rory Gallagher, Roger Zelazny, Gerald Durrell, and U Nu. After him are Lita Grey, Miklós Rózsa, Rose Kennedy, Edda Mussolini, Ernest Walton, and Ernest Gellner.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Alonzo Church ranks 1,174 out of 15,968Before him are George Armitage Miller (1920), Cormac McCarthy (1933), Frederick Herzberg (1923), Harrison Schmitt (1935), Raymond A. Spruance (1886), and Will Durant (1885). After him are Joe Satriani (1956), Tess Gerritsen (1953), Elisha Otis (1811), Carl Woese (1928), Shia LaBeouf (1986), and Phil Spector (1939).

Among MATHEMATICIANS In United States

Among mathematicians born in United States, Alonzo Church ranks 7Before him are John Forbes Nash Jr. (1928), Charles Sanders Peirce (1839), Norbert Wiener (1894), Claude Shannon (1916), Katherine Johnson (1918), and Edward Norton Lorenz (1917). After him are Herbert A. Hauptman (1917), Sam Loyd (1841), Mary Jackson (1921), Lloyd Shapley (1923), Karen Uhlenbeck (1942), and Paul Cohen (1934).