Georg Cantor

1845 - 1918

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Georg Ferdinand Ludwig Philipp Cantor ( KAN-tor, German: [ˈɡeːɔʁk ˈfɛʁdinant ˈluːtvɪç ˈfiːlɪp ˈkantoːɐ̯]; 3 March [O.S. 19 February] 1845 – 6 January 1918) was a mathematician who played a pivotal role in the creation of set theory, which has become a fundamental theory in mathematics. Cantor established the importance of one-to-one correspondence between the members of two sets, defined infinite and well-ordered sets, and proved that the real numbers are more numerous than the natural numbers. Cantor's method of proof of this theorem implies the existence of an infinity of infinities. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Georg Cantor has received more than 2,158,561 page views. His biography is available in 91 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 88 in 2019). Georg Cantor is the 33rd most popular mathematician (down from 32nd in 2019), the 63rd most popular biography from Russia (down from 59th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Russian Mathematician.

Georg Cantor is most famous for his work in set theory. He developed the concept of a transfinite set, which is a set that is larger than any natural number.

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Among mathematicians, Georg Cantor ranks 33 out of 1,004Before him are Évariste Galois, Apollonius of Perga, John Napier, François Viète, Diophantus, and Gerolamo Cardano. After him are Ada Lovelace, Peter Gustav Lejeune Dirichlet, Augustin-Louis Cauchy, Kurt Gödel, Johann Bernoulli, and Emmy Noether.

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Among people born in 1845, Georg Cantor ranks 4Before him are Wilhelm Röntgen, Alexander III of Russia, and Ludwig II of Bavaria. After him are George I of Greece, Gabriel Lippmann, Gabriel Fauré, Élie Metchnikoff, Amadeo I of Spain, Carl Spitteler, Charles Louis Alphonse Laveran, and Ludwig III of Bavaria. Among people deceased in 1918, Georg Cantor ranks 12Before him are Manfred von Richthofen, Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia, Mehmed V, Guillaume Apollinaire, Egon Schiele, and Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna of Russia. After him are Alexei Nikolaevich, Tsarevich of Russia, Georg Simmel, Alexandra Feodorovna, Karl Ferdinand Braun, Louis Renault, and Otto Wagner.

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Among people born in Russia, Georg Cantor ranks 63 out of 3,761Before him are Alexander Nevsky (1220), Rurik (830), Rudolf Nureyev (1938), Peter Kropotkin (1842), Ivan Turgenev (1818), and Frederick I of Prussia (1657). After him are Mikhail Kutuzov (1745), Yaroslav the Wise (978), Vasily Zaitsev (1915), Alexei Nikolaevich, Tsarevich of Russia (1904), Peter II of Russia (1715), and Peter Carl Fabergé (1846).


Among mathematicians born in Russia, Georg Cantor ranks 2Before him are David Hilbert (1862). After him are Sofia Kovalevskaya (1850), Nikolai Lobachevsky (1792), Andrey Kolmogorov (1903), Alexander Friedmann (1888), Grigori Perelman (1966), Christian Goldbach (1690), Leonid Kantorovich (1912), Andrey Markov (1856), Aleksandr Lyapunov (1857), and Nikolay Bogolyubov (1909).