Niels Henrik Abel

1802 - 1829

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Niels Henrik Abel ( AH-bəl, Norwegian: [ˈɑ̀ːbl̩]; 5 August 1802 – 6 April 1829) was a Norwegian mathematician who made pioneering contributions in a variety of fields. His most famous single result is the first complete proof demonstrating the impossibility of solving the general quintic equation in radicals. This question was one of the outstanding open problems of his day, and had been unresolved for over 250 years. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Niels Henrik Abel has received more than 511,052 page views. His biography is available in 83 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 81 in 2019). Niels Henrik Abel is the 30th most popular mathematician (down from 27th in 2019), the 13th most popular biography from Norway (down from 11th in 2019) and the most popular Norwegian Mathematician.

Niels Henrik Abel was a Norwegian mathematician who is most famous for his proof of the impossibility of solving the general quintic equation by radicals.

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Among mathematicians, Niels Henrik Abel ranks 30 out of 828Before him are François Viète, Évariste Galois, Henri Poincaré, Joseph-Louis Lagrange, Pope Sylvester II, and John Napier. After him are Georg Cantor, Kurt Gödel, Augustin-Louis Cauchy, Gerolamo Cardano, Gottlob Frege, and Luca Pacioli.

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Among people born in 1802, Niels Henrik Abel ranks 3Before him are Victor Hugo and Alexandre Dumas. After him are Archduke Franz Karl of Austria, Lajos Kossuth, János Bolyai, Miguel I of Portugal, Elias Lönnrot, Wilhelm Hauff, Heinrich Gustav Magnus, Louis-Eugène Cavaignac, and Antoine Jérôme Balard. Among people deceased in 1829, Niels Henrik Abel ranks 3Before him are Jean-Baptiste Lamarck and Pope Leo XII. After him are Humphry Davy, John Jay, Maria Anna Mozart, Friedrich Schlegel, Paul Barras, Thomas Young, Louis Nicolas Vauquelin, Alexander Griboyedov, and François-Joseph Gossec.

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Among people born in Norway, Niels Henrik Abel ranks 13 out of 735Before him are Rollo (846), Harald V of Norway (1937), Fridtjof Nansen (1861), Erik the Red (950), Anni-Frid Lyngstad (1945), and Thor Heyerdahl (1914). After him are Olaf Tryggvason (963), Olaf II of Norway (993), Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson (1832), Vidkun Quisling (1887), Queen Sonja of Norway (1937), and Trygve Lie (1896).


Among mathematicians born in Norway, Niels Henrik Abel ranks 1After him are Sophus Lie (1842), Atle Selberg (1917), Caspar Wessel (1745), Viggo Brun (1885), Cato Maximilian Guldberg (1836), Peter Ludwig Mejdell Sylow (1832), Bernt Michael Holmboe (1795), Axel Thue (1863), Thoralf Skolem (1887), Carl Størmer (1874), and Øystein Ore (1899).