Piet Hein

1905 - 1996

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Piet Hein (16 December 1905 – 17 April 1996) was a Danish polymath (mathematician, inventor, designer, writer and poet), often writing under the Old Norse pseudonym Kumbel, meaning "tombstone". His short poems, known as gruks or grooks (Danish: gruk), first started to appear in the daily newspaper Politiken shortly after the German occupation of Denmark in April 1940 under the pseudonym "Kumbel Kumbell". Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Piet Hein has received more than 16,834 page views. His biography is available in 28 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 27 in 2019). Piet Hein is the 221st most popular mathematician (down from 208th in 2019), the 147th most popular biography from Denmark (down from 134th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Danish Mathematician.

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Among mathematicians, Piet Hein ranks 221 out of 828Before him are Paolo Ruffini, Xu Guangqi, Michel Chasles, Henry Briggs, Thomas Simpson, and Menaechmus. After him are Helge von Koch, Alfred Korzybski, Maria Reiche, Seki Takakazu, Édouard Roche, and William Jones.

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Among people born in 1905, Piet Hein ranks 63Before him are Erika Mann, Joseph Cotten, Severo Ochoa, Pierre Levegh, Erwin Chargaff, and Albert Pierrepoint. After him are Karl Guthe Jansky, Erich Naumann, Enrique Ballestrero, Albrecht, Duke of Bavaria, Jigme Wangchuck, and Pierre Gemayel. Among people deceased in 1996, Piet Hein ranks 65Before him are Bob Paisley, Alain Poher, Lars Ahlfors, Saul Bass, Toru Takemitsu, and Koichi Oita. After him are Albrecht, Duke of Bavaria, William Vickrey, Mieczysław Weinberg, Nicu Ceaușescu, Brigitte Helm, and Geoffrey Wilkinson.

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Among people born in Denmark, Piet Hein ranks 147 out of 783Before him are Barthold Georg Niebuhr (1776), Asger Jorn (1914), Carl Bloch (1834), Erik Pontoppidan (1698), Princess Charlotte of Denmark (1789), and Ulrich Salchow (1877). After him are Morten Olsen (1949), Gabriel Axel (1918), Brigitte Nielsen (1963), John Louis Emil Dreyer (1852), Verner Panton (1926), and Theophil Hansen (1813).


Among mathematicians born in Denmark, Piet Hein ranks 2Before him are Harald Bohr (1887). After him are Georg Mohr (1640), Johan Jensen (1859), Julius Petersen (1839), Agner Krarup Erlang (1878), Poul Heegaard (1871), and Jørgen Pedersen Gram (1850).