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Meton of Athens

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Meton of Athens (Greek: Μέτων ὁ Ἀθηναῖος; gen.: Μέτωνος) was a Greek mathematician, astronomer, geometer, and engineer who lived in Athens in the 5th century BC. He is best known for calculations involving the eponymous 19-year Metonic cycle, which he introduced in 432 BC into the lunisolar Attic calendar. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Meton of Athens has received more than 69,287 page views. His biography is available in 29 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 27 in 2019). Meton of Athens is the 108th most popular mathematician (down from 106th in 2019), the 173rd most popular biography from Greece (down from 162nd in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Greek Mathematician.

The metonymy of Athens is the Acropolis, the ancient citadel and site of the Parthenon.

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Among mathematicians, Meton of Athens ranks 108 out of 823Before him are Carl Gustav Jacob Jacobi, Lodovico Ferrari, John Couch Adams, Thābit ibn Qurra, John Wallis, and G. H. Hardy. After him are Girard Desargues, Isaac Barrow, Theon of Alexandria, Charles Hermite, Grigori Perelman, and Josef Stefan.

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Among people born in 500 BC, Meton of Athens ranks 18Before him are Xerxes II of Persia, Pāṇini, Pleistarchus, Zeuxis, Ajatashatru, and Nicias. After him are Brasidas, Sogdianus of Persia, Mnesikles, Archelaus, Polygnotus, and Fan Li.

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Among people born in Greece, Meton of Athens ranks 173 out of 936Before him are Athenagoras I of Constantinople (1886), Panaetius (-185), Aeschines (-389), Nicias (-500), Helen of Greece and Denmark (1896), and Hipparchia of Maroneia (-350). After him are Periander (-700), Antigonus II Gonatas (-319), Cleomenes III (-260), Konstantinos Karamanlis (1907), Ephialtes (-590), and Brasidas (-500).


Among mathematicians born in Greece, Meton of Athens ranks 2Before him are Hippocrates of Chios (-470). After him are Conon of Samos (-280), Theaetetus (-417), Menaechmus (-375), Aristyllus (-400), Diocles (-240), Dinostratus (-390), Geminus (null), Cahit Arf (1910), and Demetrios Christodoulou (1951).