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John von Neumann

1903 - 1957

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John von Neumann ( von NOY-mən; Hungarian: Neumann János Lajos [ˈnɒjmɒn ˈjaːnoʃ ˈlɒjoʃ]; (December 28, 1903 – February 8, 1957) was a Hungarian-American mathematician, physicist, computer scientist, engineer and polymath. He had perhaps the widest coverage of any mathematician of his time, integrating pure and applied sciences and making major contributions to many fields, including mathematics, physics, economics, computing, and statistics. He was a pioneer in building the mathematical framework of quantum physics, in the development of functional analysis, and in game theory, introducing or codifying concepts including cellular automata, the universal constructor and the digital computer. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of John von Neumann has received more than 8,156,369 page views. His biography is available in 93 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 90 in 2019). John von Neumann is the 17th most popular mathematician (up from 19th in 2019), the 4th most popular biography from Hungary (up from 7th in 2019) and the most popular Hungarian Mathematician.

John von Neumann is most famous for his work in quantum mechanics, game theory, and computer science.

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Among mathematicians, John von Neumann ranks 17 out of 823Before him are Al-Biruni, Bernhard Riemann, Pierre de Fermat, Fibonacci, John Forbes Nash Jr., and Pierre-Simon Laplace. After him are Joseph-Louis Lagrange, Henri Poincaré, Diophantus, Jean le Rond d'Alembert, Joseph Fourier, and Hero of Alexandria.

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Among people born in 1903, John von Neumann ranks 2Before him is George Orwell. After him are Aram Khachaturian, Theodor W. Adorno, Konrad Lorenz, Olav V of Norway, Georges Simenon, Ernst Kaltenbrunner, John Dillinger, Vladimir Horowitz, Mark Rothko, and Kane Tanaka. Among people deceased in 1957, John von Neumann ranks 1After him are Jean Sibelius, Friedrich Paulus, Christian Dior, Diego Rivera, Miklós Horthy, Humphrey Bogart, Nikos Kazantzakis, Wilhelm Reich, Oliver Hardy, Haakon VII of Norway, and Gichin Funakoshi.

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Among people born in Hungary, John von Neumann ranks 4 out of 866Before him are Martin of Tours (316), Ferenc Puskás (1927), and Elizabeth Báthory (1560). After him are Rudolf Steiner (1861), Theodor Herzl (1860), Matthias Corvinus (1443), George Soros (1930), Harry Houdini (1874), Louis II of Hungary (1506), Stephen I of Hungary (975), and Miklós Horthy (1868).


Among mathematicians born in Hungary, John von Neumann ranks 1After him are Paul Erdős (1913), George Pólya (1887), Marcel Grossmann (1878), Rudolf E. Kálmán (1930), John G. Kemeny (1926), László Lovász (1948), Peter Lax (1926), Paul Halmos (1916), Frigyes Riesz (1880), Dénes Kőnig (1884), and Pál Turán (1910).