Apollonius of Perga

262 BC - 190 BC

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Apollonius of Perga (Greek: Ἀπολλώνιος ὁ Περγαῖος; Latin: Apollonius Pergaeus; c. 240 BCE/BC – c. 190 BCE/BC) was an Ancient Greek geometer and astronomer known for his work on conic sections. Beginning from the contributions of Euclid and Archimedes on the topic, he brought them to the state prior to the invention of analytic geometry. His definitions of the terms ellipse, parabola, and hyperbola are the ones in use today. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Apollonius of Perga has received more than 428,730 page views. His biography is available in 59 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 57 in 2019). Apollonius of Perga is the 44th most popular mathematician, the 106th most popular biography from Turkey (up from 108th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Turkish Mathematician.

Apollonius of Perga is most famous for his work on conic sections. He is also credited with inventing the terms "parabola," "ellipse," and "hyperbola."

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Among mathematicians, Apollonius of Perga ranks 44 out of 828Before him are Ada Lovelace, Charles Sanders Peirce, Emmy Noether, George Boole, Eudoxus of Cnidus, and Johann Bernoulli. After him are Archytas, Sofia Kovalevskaya, Sir George Stokes, 1st Baronet, Maria Gaetana Agnesi, Norbert Wiener, and Sophie Germain.

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Among people born in 262 BC, Apollonius of Perga ranks 1After him is Areus II. Among people deceased in 190 BC, Apollonius of Perga ranks 1

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Among people born in Turkey, Apollonius of Perga ranks 106 out of 1,128Before him are Eudoxus of Cnidus (-408), Cassius Dio (155), Gordian I (159), Photios I of Constantinople (900), Sabbatai Zevi (1626), and Manuel II Palaiologos (1350). After him are Saint Timothy (17), Şehzade Mehmed (1522), Leo I the Thracian (401), Artemisia I of Caria (-500), Chrysippus (-281), and Marcion of Sinope (85).


Among mathematicians born in Turkey, Apollonius of Perga ranks 2Before him are Eudoxus of Cnidus (-408). After him are Al-Battani (858), Anthemius of Tralles (474), Thābit ibn Qurra (836), Simplicius of Cilicia (490), Autolycus of Pitane (-360), Callippus (-370), Theon of Smyrna (70), and Suzan Kahramaner (1913).