Joseph Liouville

1809 - 1882

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Joseph Liouville (; French: [ʒɔzɛf ljuvil]; 24 March 1809 – 8 September 1882) was a French mathematician and engineer. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Joseph Liouville has received more than 215,937 page views. His biography is available in 43 different languages on Wikipedia. Joseph Liouville is the 151st most popular mathematician (down from 137th in 2019), the 1,065th most popular biography from France (down from 1,013th in 2019) and the 30th most popular French Mathematician.

Joseph Liouville is most famous for his theorem on zeta functions and their connection to prime numbers.

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Among mathematicians, Joseph Liouville ranks 151 out of 1,004Before him are Émile Borel, Henri Lebesgue, Zoia Ceaușescu, Andrey Markov, Edward Norton Lorenz, and Wang Chong. After him are Scipione del Ferro, Robert Grosseteste, Michel Rolle, Vladimir Arnold, Arthur Cayley, and Menelaus of Alexandria.

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Among people born in 1809, Joseph Liouville ranks 12Before him are Louis Braille, Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, Georges-Eugène Haussmann, Albert Pike, Bruno Bauer, and Alfred, Lord Tennyson. After him are William Ewart Gladstone, Ljudevit Gaj, Hermann Grassmann, Juliusz Słowacki, Prince Albert of Prussia, and Bettino Ricasoli. Among people deceased in 1882, Joseph Liouville ranks 14Before him are Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Bruno Bauer, William Stanley Jevons, Francesco Hayez, Léon Gambetta, and Louis Blanc. After him are Mary Todd Lincoln, Ignacy Łukasiewicz, Vasily Perov, Ewelina Hańska, Friedrich Reinhold Kreutzwald, and Sergey Nechayev.

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In France

Among people born in France, Joseph Liouville ranks 1,065 out of 6,770Before him are Léon Bonnat (1833), Richard Avenarius (1843), Richard III, Duke of Normandy (1001), Robert de Sorbon (1201), Aimery of Cyprus (1172), and Aimé Bonpland (1773). After him are Pierre Larousse (1817), Madame de Brinvilliers (1630), Lazare Hoche (1768), Pierre-Gilles de Gennes (1932), Alexandra David-Néel (1868), and Simon de Montfort, 6th Earl of Leicester (1208).


Among mathematicians born in France, Joseph Liouville ranks 30Before him are Jean-Victor Poncelet (1788), Alexis Clairaut (1713), Étienne Bézout (1730), Jacques Hadamard (1865), Émile Borel (1871), and Henri Lebesgue (1875). After him are Michel Rolle (1652), André Weil (1906), Pierre Bouguer (1698), René Thom (1923), Jean Baptiste Joseph Delambre (1749), and Camille Jordan (1838).