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Hero of Alexandria

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Hero of Alexandria (; Greek: Ἥρων ὁ Ἀλεξανδρεύς, Hērōn hò Alexandreús, also known as Heron of Alexandria ; fl. 60 AD) was a Greek mathematician and engineer who was active in his native city of Alexandria in Egypt during the Roman era. He is often considered the greatest experimenter of antiquity and his work is representative of the Hellenistic scientific tradition.Hero published a well-recognized description of a steam-powered device called an aeolipile (sometimes called a "Hero engine"). Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Hero of Alexandria has received more than 1,349,362 page views. His biography is available in 67 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 64 in 2019). Hero of Alexandria is the 23rd most popular mathematician (down from 21st in 2019), the 27th most popular biography from Egypt (down from 23rd in 2019) and the 4th most popular Egyptian Mathematician.

Hero of alexandria is most famous for his contributions to mathematics and engineering.

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Among mathematicians, Hero of Alexandria ranks 23 out of 823Before him are John von Neumann, Joseph-Louis Lagrange, Henri Poincaré, Diophantus, Jean le Rond d'Alembert, and Joseph Fourier. After him are Luca Pacioli, David Hilbert, Évariste Galois, Pope Sylvester II, Srinivasa Ramanujan, and François Viète.

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Among people born in 10, Hero of Alexandria ranks 3Before him are Matthew the Apostle and Mark the Evangelist. After him are John the Evangelist, Saint Eustace, Tigellinus, Antonius Felix, Gaius Suetonius Paulinus, Lucius Annaeus Cornutus, Vardanes I, Gotarzes II of Parthia, and Minjung of Goguryeo. Among people deceased in 75, Hero of Alexandria ranks 1After him are Emperor Ming of Han and Apollinaris of Ravenna.

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Among people born in Egypt, Hero of Alexandria ranks 27 out of 582Before him are Gamal Abdel Nasser (1918), Nefertari (-1290), Dalida (1933), Hagar (-1800), Diophantus (201), and Seti I (-1323). After him are Khafra (-2550), Athanasius of Alexandria (295), Miriam (-1400), Ramesses I (-1300), Omar Sharif (1932), and Ankhesenamun (-1347).


Among mathematicians born in Egypt, Hero of Alexandria ranks 4Before him are Euclid (-350), Hypatia (350), and Diophantus (201). After him are Ctesibius (-284), Pappus of Alexandria (290), Theon of Alexandria (335), Menelaus of Alexandria (70), Ibn Yunus (950), and Abū Kāmil Shujāʿ ibn Aslam (850).