Nicholas Mercator

1620 - 1687

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Nicholas (Nikolaus) Mercator (c. 1620, Holstein – 1687, Versailles), also known by his German name Kauffmann, was a 17th-century mathematician. He was born in Eutin, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany and educated at Rostock and Leyden after which he lived from 1642 to 1648 in the Netherlands. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Nicholas Mercator has received more than 29,032 page views. His biography is available in 20 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 19 in 2019). Nicholas Mercator is the 294th most popular mathematician (up from 296th in 2019), the 1,892nd most popular biography from Germany (down from 1,670th in 2019) and the 36th most popular German Mathematician.

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Among mathematicians, Nicholas Mercator ranks 294 out of 828Before him are Julius Plücker, John G. Thompson, Liu Xin, William George Horner, Yi Xing, and Simon Newcomb. After him are Zhu Shijie, Viktor Bunyakovsky, Abu Zayd al-Balkhi, Andreas Osiander, Caspar Wessel, and Guillaume Postel.

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Among people born in 1620, Nicholas Mercator ranks 13Before him are Pierre Puget, Miklós Zrínyi, Henri Coiffier de Ruzé, Marquis of Cinq-Mars, Abraham van Beijeren, John Graunt, and Masaniello. After him are Prince Georg Friedrich of Waldeck, Johann Heinrich Schmelzer, Isabella Leonarda, John Evelyn, Matthew Hopkins, and François Bernier. Among people deceased in 1687, Nicholas Mercator ranks 6Before him are Jean-Baptiste Lully, William Petty, Johannes Hevelius, René-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, and Constantijn Huygens. After him are Henry More, Laura Martinozzi, Margravine Magdalene Sibylle of Brandenburg-Bayreuth, François de Créquy, Nell Gwyn, and Ferdinand Albert I, Duke of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel-Bevern.

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Among mathematicians born in Germany, Nicholas Mercator ranks 36Before him are Edmund Landau (1877), Wilhelm Ackermann (1896), Carl David Tolmé Runge (1856), Adolf Hurwitz (1859), Eduard Heine (1821), and Julius Plücker (1801). After him are Andreas Osiander (1498), Felix Bernstein (1878), Gerhard Gentzen (1909), Philipp Ludwig von Seidel (1821), Carl Ludwig Siegel (1896), and Helmut Hasse (1898).