John G. Kemeny

1926 - 1992

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John George Kemeny (born Kemény János György; May 31, 1926 – December 26, 1992) was a Hungarian-born American mathematician, computer scientist, and educator best known for co-developing the BASIC programming language in 1964 with Thomas E. Kurtz. Kemeny served as the 13th President of Dartmouth College from 1970 to 1981 and pioneered the use of computers in college education. Kemeny chaired the presidential commission that investigated the Three Mile Island accident in 1979. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of John G. Kemeny has received more than 152,093 page views. His biography is available in 30 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 26 in 2019). John G. Kemeny is the 359th most popular mathematician (up from 390th in 2019), the 246th most popular biography from Hungary (down from 243rd in 2019) and the 6th most popular Hungarian Mathematician.

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Among mathematicians, John G. Kemeny ranks 359 out of 828Before him are Grigory Margulis, Gemma Frisius, Carl Ludwig Siegel, Shing-Tung Yau, Bartel Leendert van der Waerden, and Alexandre-Théophile Vandermonde. After him are Pierre Deligne, Paul Lévy, Charles-Eugène Delaunay, Hermann Bondi, Guidobaldo del Monte, and Marino Ghetaldi.

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Among people born in 1926, John G. Kemeny ranks 160Before him are Paul Baran, Claudio Villa, Genrich Altshuller, Mickey Hargitay, Big Mama Thornton, and David C. H. Austin. After him are Dennis W. Sciama, Jambyn Batmönkh, Sonja Ziemann, Jean Peters, Muhammad al-Badr, and Peter Alexander. Among people deceased in 1992, John G. Kemeny ranks 94Before him are Fritz Leiber, Ernst Schäfer, Allen Newell, Frederick William Franz, Chris McCandless, and Richard Hartshorne. After him are Abbas al-Musawi, Josy Barthel, Jeff Porcaro, Anthony Dawson, Angela Carter, and Banine.

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Among people born in Hungary, John G. Kemeny ranks 246 out of 696Before him are Isidor Gunsberg (1854), József Antall (1932), George Tabori (1914), László Bárdossy (1890), Mickey Hargitay (1926), and Lajos Tichy (1935). After him are Stephan Burián von Rajecz (1851), András Hegedüs (1922), Imre Steindl (1839), Péter Esterházy (1950), Pál Csernai (1932), and Ferenc Plattkó (1898).


Among mathematicians born in Hungary, John G. Kemeny ranks 6Before him are John von Neumann (1903), Paul Erdős (1913), George Pólya (1887), Marcel Grossmann (1878), and Rudolf E. Kálmán (1930). After him are Frigyes Riesz (1880), Peter Lax (1926), Paul Halmos (1916), Endre Szemerédi (1940), Dénes Kőnig (1884), and Alfréd Rényi (1921).