Caspar Wessel

1745 - 1818

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Caspar Wessel (8 June 1745, Vestby – 25 March 1818, Copenhagen) was a Danish–Norwegian mathematician and cartographer. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Caspar Wessel has received more than 50,939 page views. His biography is available in 26 different languages on Wikipedia. Caspar Wessel is the 299th most popular mathematician (down from 287th in 2019), the 116th most popular biography from Norway (down from 105th in 2019) and the 4th most popular Norwegian Mathematician.

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Among mathematicians, Caspar Wessel ranks 299 out of 828Before him are Simon Newcomb, Nicholas Mercator, Zhu Shijie, Viktor Bunyakovsky, Abu Zayd al-Balkhi, and Andreas Osiander. After him are Guillaume Postel, Theodor Kaluza, Adhémar Jean Claude Barré de Saint-Venant, Mikhail Leonidovich Gromov, Peter Barlow, and Lev Pontryagin.

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Among people born in 1745, Caspar Wessel ranks 22Before him are Şahin Giray, Denis Fonvizin, Mihrişah Sultan, Jens Juel, Gregory V of Constantinople, and Johann Hieronymus Schröter. After him are Chevalier de Saint-Georges, Antonio José Cavanilles, Bodawpaya, Isaac Titsingh, Maxim Berezovsky, and Olaudah Equiano. Among people deceased in 1818, Caspar Wessel ranks 18Before him are Johan Gottlieb Gahn, Catherine-Dominique de Pérignon, Paul Revere, Heinrich Füger, Abigail Adams, and Johann Nikolaus Forkel. After him are Warren Hastings, Frederick Louis, Prince of Hohenlohe-Ingelfingen, Leopold Koželuch, Marcello Bacciarelli, Duchess Charlotte Georgine of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, and Countess Maria Louise Albertine of Leiningen-Dagsburg-Falkenburg.

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Among people born in Norway, Caspar Wessel ranks 116 out of 735Before him are Nordahl Grieg (1902), Thorvald Stoltenberg (1931), Hans Gude (1825), Einar Gerhardsen (1897), Henrik Wergeland (1808), and Sigurd Slembe (1100). After him are Arne Garborg (1851), Kjell Magne Bondevik (1947), Margit Sandemo (1924), Thorbjørn Jagland (1950), Jørgen Moe (1813), and Belle Gunness (1859).


Among mathematicians born in Norway, Caspar Wessel ranks 4Before him are Niels Henrik Abel (1802), Sophus Lie (1842), and Atle Selberg (1917). After him are Viggo Brun (1885), Cato Maximilian Guldberg (1836), Peter Ludwig Mejdell Sylow (1832), Bernt Michael Holmboe (1795), Axel Thue (1863), Thoralf Skolem (1887), Carl Størmer (1874), and Øystein Ore (1899).