Raymond Smullyan

1919 - 2017

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Raymond Merrill Smullyan (; May 25, 1919 – February 6, 2017) was an American mathematician, magician, concert pianist, logician, Taoist, and philosopher. Born in Far Rockaway, New York, his first career was stage magic. He earned a BSc from the University of Chicago in 1955 and his Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1959. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Raymond Smullyan has received more than 297,930 page views. His biography is available in 27 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 26 in 2019). Raymond Smullyan is the 315th most popular mathematician (up from 349th in 2019), the 2,558th most popular biography from United States (down from 2,509th in 2019) and the 15th most popular American Mathematician.

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Among mathematicians, Raymond Smullyan ranks 315 out of 828Before him are Ivan Vinogradov, Sergei Sobolev, Kiyosi Itô, Jean Dieudonné, Albert Girard, and Ostilio Ricci. After him are Johannes Widmann, Theon of Smyrna, Eutocius of Ascalon, Felix Bernstein, Richard Courant, and Isaac Beeckman.

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Among people born in 1919, Raymond Smullyan ranks 93Before him are Madalyn Murray O'Hair, Ferdinand Kübler, J. Presper Eckert, Silva Kaputikyan, Marina Ginestà, and Uta Hagen. After him are Edoardo Mangiarotti, Mitja Ribičič, Pierre Soulages, Ginette Neveu, Hau Pei-tsun, and Janko Bobetko. Among people deceased in 2017, Raymond Smullyan ranks 128Before him are Quett Masire, Lyudmila Chernykh, Félix Mourinho, Michael Parks, Christine Kaufmann, and Kate Millett. After him are Manuel Sanchís Martínez, Heinz Kessler, John Hillerman, Lubomyr Husar, William Peter Blatty, and Infanta Alicia, Duchess of Calabria.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Raymond Smullyan ranks 2,558 out of 15,968Before him are Don Walsh (1931), Josh Duhamel (1972), Katherine Heigl (1978), Tallulah Bankhead (1902), David Riesman (1909), and John Derek (1926). After him are John Adams (1947), Linda Blair (1959), Roscoe Arbuckle (1887), Jon Kabat-Zinn (1944), Zac Efron (1987), and Edward Bellamy (1850).

Among MATHEMATICIANS In United States

Among mathematicians born in United States, Raymond Smullyan ranks 15Before him are Sam Loyd (1841), Mary Jackson (1921), Lloyd Shapley (1923), Karen Uhlenbeck (1942), Paul Cohen (1934), and John G. Thompson (1932). After him are John Milnor (1931), Jim Simons (1938), Jesse Douglas (1897), Richard Hamming (1915), Edward Kasner (1878), and Stephen Smale (1930).