John Wallis

1616 - 1703

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John Wallis (; Latin: Wallisius; 3 December [O.S. 23 November] 1616 – 8 November [O.S. 28 October] 1703) was an English clergyman and mathematician who is given partial credit for the development of infinitesimal calculus. Between 1643 and 1689 he served as chief cryptographer for Parliament and, later, the royal court. He is credited with introducing the symbol ∞ to represent the concept of infinity. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of John Wallis has received more than 315,627 page views. His biography is available in 39 different languages on Wikipedia. John Wallis is the 112th most popular mathematician (down from 104th in 2019), the 541st most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 459th in 2019) and the 10th most popular British Mathematician.

John Wallis is most famous for his work in the field of mathematics. His work in the field of mathematics includes inventing the first symbolic method for solving algebraic equations, inventing the first symbolic method for solving cubic equations, and inventing the first symbolic method for solving quartic equations.

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Among mathematicians, John Wallis ranks 112 out of 828Before him are Meton of Athens, Edward Norton Lorenz, Hippocrates of Chios, Lodovico Ferrari, Gabriel Cramer, and Girard Desargues. After him are Leonid Kantorovich, Charles Hermite, Brook Taylor, John Horton Conway, Ferdinand von Lindemann, and Robert Grosseteste.

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Among people born in 1616, John Wallis ranks 1After him are Johann Jakob Froberger, Andreas Gryphius, Ferdinand Bol, Carlo Dolci, Thomas Bartholin, Anne Gonzaga, François de Vendôme, duc de Beaufort, Sébastien Bourdon, Anna de' Medici, Archduchess of Austria, Kuzma Minin, and John Owen. Among people deceased in 1703, John Wallis ranks 5Before him are Robert Hooke, Charles Perrault, Mustafa II, and Man in the Iron Mask. After him are Vincenzo Viviani, Johann Christoph Bach, Samuel Pepys, Ilona Zrínyi, Erik Dahlbergh, Thomas Kingo, and Nicolas de Grigny.

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Among people born in United Kingdom, John Wallis ranks 541 out of 6,924Before him are Tony Scott (1944), Alfred, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (1844), John Bunyan (1628), Charles Laughton (1899), Richard Branson (1950), and Thomas Chippendale (1718). After him are Charles Dance (1946), Pope Adrian IV (1100), Marie of Romania (1875), John Edward Gray (1800), Harthacnut I of Denmark (880), and Richard of Shrewsbury, Duke of York (1473).

Among MATHEMATICIANS In United Kingdom

Among mathematicians born in United Kingdom, John Wallis ranks 10Before him are George Boole (1815), Alfred North Whitehead (1861), G. H. Hardy (1877), Isaac Barrow (1631), Thomas Harriot (1560), and John Couch Adams (1819). After him are Brook Taylor (1685), John Horton Conway (1937), Robert Grosseteste (1175), William Oughtred (1574), Andrew Wiles (1953), and James Joseph Sylvester (1814).