Richard Courant

1888 - 1972

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Richard Courant (January 8, 1888 – January 27, 1972) was a German American mathematician. He is best known by the general public for the book What is Mathematics?, co-written with Herbert Robbins. His research focused on the areas of real analysis, mathematical physics, the calculus of variations and partial differential equations. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Richard Courant has received more than 213,445 page views. His biography is available in 27 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 25 in 2019). Richard Courant is the 320th most popular mathematician (up from 374th in 2019), the 457th most popular biography from Poland (down from 452nd in 2019) and the 16th most popular Polish Mathematician.

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Among mathematicians, Richard Courant ranks 320 out of 828Before him are Ostilio Ricci, Raymond Smullyan, Johannes Widmann, Theon of Smyrna, Eutocius of Ascalon, and Felix Bernstein. After him are Isaac Beeckman, Abraham Wald, Gerhard Gentzen, Muḥammad ibn Ibrāhīm al-Fazārī, Sergei Adian, and Yang Hui.

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Among people born in 1888, Richard Courant ranks 88Before him are Gunichi Mikawa, Prince Axel of Denmark, Inayatullah Khan, Fritz Reiner, Francesco Baracca, and Paul Morand. After him are Roberto Assagioli, Lead Belly, Harpo Marx, Princess Helena Adelaide of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg, Hans von Salmuth, and Paul Ramadier. Among people deceased in 1972, Richard Courant ranks 76Before him are Ettore Bastico, Akim Tamiroff, Alejandra Pizarnik, Miriam Hopkins, Ernst von Salomon, and C. W. Ceram. After him are Edgar Snow, Jo Bonnier, Lillian Moller Gilbreth, C. Rajagopalachari, Nikolay Krylov, and Max Fleischer.

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Among people born in Poland, Richard Courant ranks 457 out of 1,231Before him are Leszek II the Black (1241), Stefania Wilczyńska (1886), Konstanty Kalinowski (1838), Jerzy Hoffman (1932), Michalina Wisłocka (1921), and Hagen Kleinert (1941). After him are Eduard Strasburger (1844), Friedrich Ernst Dorn (1848), Kuno Fischer (1824), Jan Gotlib Bloch (1836), Josef Hofmann (1876), and Gustav Flatow (1875).


Among mathematicians born in Poland, Richard Courant ranks 16Before him are Ehrenfried Walther von Tschirnhaus (1651), Kazimierz Kuratowski (1896), Alfred Korzybski (1879), Hugo Steinhaus (1887), Vitello (1230), and Theodor Kaluza (1885). After him are Emil Leon Post (1897), Klaus Roth (1925), Michael O. Rabin (1931), Charles Proteus Steinmetz (1865), Martin Kutta (1867), and Samuel Eilenberg (1913).