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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 19,490 page views. His biography is available in 32 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 28 in 2019). Piet Hein is the 200th most popular mathematician (up from 221st in 2019), the 136th most popular biography from Denmark (up from 147th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Danish Mathematician.

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Among mathematicians, Piet Hein ranks 200 out of 823Before him are Richard von Mises, Laurent Schwartz, Édouard Lucas, Georg von Peuerbach, Abu Nasr Mansur, and Constantin Carathéodory. After him are Lars Ahlfors, Alonzo Church, Paolo Ruffini, Autolycus of Pitane, Theodorus of Cyrene, and Willem de Sitter.

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Among people born in 1905, Piet Hein ranks 58Before him are Barnett Newman, Hans Urs von Balthasar, Joseph Cotten, Albrecht, Duke of Bavaria, Severo Ochoa, and Sebastian Shaw. After him are Heinz Lammerding, Dolores del Río, Daniil Kharms, Enrique Ballestrero, Dhyan Chand, and James J. Braddock. Among people deceased in 1996, Piet Hein ranks 56Before him are Hideo Sakai, Albrecht, Duke of Bavaria, María Casares, Rafael Kubelík, Green Boots, and Lucio Fulci. After him are Lars Ahlfors, Alain Poher, Robert, Archduke of Austria-Este, Brigitte Helm, Albert R. Broccoli, and Shūsaku Endō.

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Among people born in Denmark, Piet Hein ranks 136 out of 893Before him are Lars Ulrich (1963), Jussi Adler-Olsen (1950), Brigitte Nielsen (1963), Johan Christian Fabricius (1745), Aksel Sandemose (1899), and Ulrich Salchow (1877). After him are Magnus, Duke of Holstein (1540), Barthold Georg Niebuhr (1776), Theophil Hansen (1813), Verner Panton (1926), Caroline Amalie of Augustenburg (1796), and Charles I, Count of Flanders (1083).


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