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Georg Cantor

1845 - 1918

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Georg Ferdinand Ludwig Philipp Cantor ( KAN-tor, German: [ˈɡeːɔʁk ˈfɛʁdinant ˈluːtvɪç ˈfiːlɪp ˈkantɔʁ]; March 3 [O.S. February 19] 1845 – January 6, 1918) was a mathematician. He 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. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Georg Cantor has received more than 1,930,744 page views. His biography is available in 88 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 86 in 2019). Georg Cantor is the 32nd most popular mathematician (down from 31st in 2019), the 59th most popular biography from Russia (down from 54th 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 32 out of 823Before him are Évariste Galois, Pope Sylvester II, Srinivasa Ramanujan, François Viète, John Napier, and Augustin-Louis Cauchy. After him are Gerolamo Cardano, George Boole, Kurt Gödel, Peter Gustav Lejeune Dirichlet, Ada Lovelace, and Gottlob Frege.

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Among people born in 1845, Georg Cantor ranks 3Before him are Wilhelm Röntgen and Alexander III of Russia. After him are Ludwig II of Bavaria, George I of Greece, Gabriel Fauré, Gabriel Lippmann, Carl Spitteler, Amadeo I of Spain, Élie Metchnikoff, Charles Louis Alphonse Laveran, and Ludwig III of Bavaria. Among people deceased in 1918, Georg Cantor ranks 12Before him are Mehmed V, Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia, Egon Schiele, Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna of Russia, Guillaume Apollinaire, and Manfred von Richthofen. After him are Alexei Nikolaevich, Tsarevich of Russia, Georg Simmel, Karl Ferdinand Braun, Grand Duke Michael Alexandrovich of Russia, Alexandra Feodorovna, and Otto Wagner.

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Among people born in Russia, Georg Cantor ranks 59 out of 3,262Before him are Boris Godunov (1552), Sergey Lavrov (1950), Gustav Kirchhoff (1824), Andrei Tarkovsky (1932), Rurik (830), and Stanislav Petrov (1939). After him are Feodor I of Russia (1557), Vasily Zaitsev (1915), Alexei Nikolaevich, Tsarevich of Russia (1904), Ivan Turgenev (1818), Peter II of Russia (1715), and Anna of Russia (1693).


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), Christian Goldbach (1690), Grigori Perelman (1966), Leonid Kantorovich (1912), Andrey Markov (1856), Aleksandr Lyapunov (1857), and Nikolay Bogolyubov (1909).