Helge von Koch

1870 - 1924

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Niels Fabian Helge von Koch (25 January 1870 – 11 March 1924) was a Swedish mathematician who gave his name to the famous fractal known as the Koch snowflake, one of the earliest fractal curves to be described. He was born to Swedish nobility. His grandfather, Nils Samuel von Koch (1801–1881), was the Chancellor of Justice. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Helge von Koch has received more than 79,619 page views. His biography is available in 25 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 24 in 2019). Helge von Koch is the 222nd most popular mathematician (up from 246th in 2019), the 211th most popular biography from Sweden (up from 226th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Swedish Mathematician.

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Among mathematicians, Helge von Koch ranks 222 out of 828Before him are Xu Guangqi, Michel Chasles, Henry Briggs, Thomas Simpson, Menaechmus, and Piet Hein. After him are Alfred Korzybski, Maria Reiche, Seki Takakazu, Édouard Roche, William Jones, and Leo Perutz.

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Among people born in 1870, Helge von Koch ranks 40Before him are Nariman Narimanov, Bernard Baruch, Edwin S. Porter, Prince Carlos of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, Lord Alfred Douglas, and E. M. Antoniadi. After him are Aleksandr Kuprin, Alexander Berkman, Oscar Straus, Leopold Godowsky, Saki, and Archduchess Margarete Sophie of Austria. Among people deceased in 1924, Helge von Koch ranks 30Before him are Giacomo Matteotti, Paul Natorp, Bogd Khan, Lyubov Popova, Ziya Gökalp, and Princess Louise of Belgium. After him are Roland Bonaparte, Frank Bunker Gilbreth Sr., Valery Bryusov, Teófilo Braga, Matsukata Masayoshi, and Fernand Cormon.

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Among people born in Sweden, Helge von Koch ranks 211 out of 1,296Before him are John Ericsson (1803), Johan Gottlieb Gahn (1745), Avicii (1989), Carl Bildt (1949), Knut Wicksell (1851), and Sigvard Bernadotte (1907). After him are Inger Nilsson (1959), Prince Eugen, Duke of Närke (1865), Harry Nyquist (1889), Stig Dagerman (1923), Hans Blix (1928), and Jussi Björling (1911).


Among mathematicians born in Sweden, Helge von Koch ranks 2Before him are Gösta Mittag-Leffler (1846). After him are Lars Hörmander (1931), Lennart Carleson (1928), Erik Ivar Fredholm (1866), and Harald Cramér (1893).