Paul Halmos

1916 - 2006

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Paul Richard Halmos (Hungarian: Halmos Pál; March 3, 1916 – October 2, 2006) was a Hungarian-born American mathematician and statistician who made fundamental advances in the areas of mathematical logic, probability theory, statistics, operator theory, ergodic theory, and functional analysis (in particular, Hilbert spaces). He was also recognized as a great mathematical expositor. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Paul Halmos has received more than 198,886 page views. His biography is available in 28 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 26 in 2019). Paul Halmos is the 470th most popular mathematician (up from 476th in 2019), the 290th most popular biography from Hungary (up from 291st in 2019) and the 9th most popular Hungarian Mathematician.

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Among mathematicians, Paul Halmos ranks 470 out of 828Before him are Satoshi Nakamoto, Peter Lax, Julius Petersen, Jacques Ozanam, Martin Kutta, and Enrico Betti. After him are Julia Robinson, Andrey Nikolayevich Tikhonov, Agner Krarup Erlang, Mihailo Petrović, Samuel Eilenberg, and Jacques Pelletier du Mans.

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Among people born in 1916, Paul Halmos ranks 126Before him are Movita Castaneda, Ugo Locatelli, Evelyn Keyes, Lars Korvald, Zail Singh, and Harold Robbins. After him are Jacques Georges, Jack Arnold, Hidetoki Takahashi, Svend Asmussen, Carlo Rustichelli, and Lou Thesz. Among people deceased in 2006, Paul Halmos ranks 158Before him are Desmond Dekker, Jean-François Revel, Richard Bright, Johnny Servoz-Gavin, Rocío Jurado, and Yuval Ne'eman. After him are Dennis Weaver, Georgios Rallis, Ferenc Szusza, Ibolya Csák, Esther Lederberg, and Maureen Stapleton.

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Among people born in Hungary, Paul Halmos ranks 290 out of 696Before him are Ferenc Nagy (1903), Archduchess Maria Dorothea of Austria (1867), Peter Lax (1926), Lippo Hertzka (1904), Charles Vidor (1900), and Stephen Heller (1813). After him are Mátyás Szűrös (1933), Mihály Babits (1883), Philip de László (1869), István Kertész (1929), Joseph Szigeti (1892), and Ferenc Szusza (1923).


Among mathematicians born in Hungary, Paul Halmos ranks 9Before him are George Pólya (1887), Marcel Grossmann (1878), Rudolf E. Kálmán (1930), John G. Kemeny (1926), Frigyes Riesz (1880), and Peter Lax (1926). After him are Endre Szemerédi (1940), Dénes Kőnig (1884), Alfréd Rényi (1921), László Lovász (1948), Pál Turán (1910), and Vera T. Sós (1930).