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Richard Dedekind

1831 - 1916

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Julius Wilhelm Richard Dedekind [ˈdeːdəˌkɪnt] (6 October 1831 – 12 February 1916) was a German mathematician who made important contributions to number theory, abstract algebra (particularly ring theory), and the axiomatic foundations of arithmetic. His best known contribution is the definition of real numbers through the notion of Dedekind cut. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Richard Dedekind has received more than 463,680 page views. His biography is available in 58 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 57 in 2019). Richard Dedekind is the 76th most popular mathematician (down from 73rd in 2019), the 392nd most popular biography from Germany (down from 347th in 2019) and the 10th most popular German Mathematician.

Richard Dedekind was a German mathematician who is most famous for his work in algebraic number theory. Dedekind is credited with inventing the notion of a cut in order to prove the fundamental theorem of algebra.

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Among mathematicians, Richard Dedekind ranks 76 out of 823Before him are Willebrord Snellius, Zhang Heng, Katherine Johnson, Urbain Le Verrier, Giuseppe Peano, and Andrey Kolmogorov. After him are Augustus De Morgan, Regiomontanus, Alexander Grothendieck, Ctesibius, Friedrich Bessel, and Pappus of Alexandria.

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Among people born in 1831, Richard Dedekind ranks 11Before him are John Stith Pemberton, Emperor Kōmei, Xianfeng Emperor, James A. Garfield, Cheoljong of Joseon, and Leo von Caprivi. After him are Savitribai Phule, Naser al-Din Shah Qajar, Eduard Suess, Joseph Joachim, Archduchess Elisabeth Franziska of Austria, and Grand Duke Nicholas Nikolaevich of Russia. Among people deceased in 1916, Richard Dedekind ranks 15Before him are Klas Pontus Arnoldson, Odilon Redon, Franz Marc, William Ramsay, Henry James, and Sholem Aleichem. After him are Helmuth von Moltke the Younger, Otto of Bavaria, Charles de Foucauld, Natsume Sōseki, Karl Schwarzschild, and Enrique Granados.

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Among people born in Germany, Richard Dedekind ranks 392 out of 6,142Before him are Princess Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld (1786), Gerhard Domagk (1895), Prince Claus of the Netherlands (1926), Traudl Junge (1920), Leo von Caprivi (1831), and Louise Mountbatten (1889). After him are Ernst Thälmann (1886), Harald zur Hausen (1936), Ernst Busch (1885), Hans Eysenck (1916), Joachim Peiper (1915), and Hans Lippershey (1570).


Among mathematicians born in Germany, Richard Dedekind ranks 10Before him are Peter Gustav Lejeune Dirichlet (1805), Gottlob Frege (1848), Emmy Noether (1882), Karl Weierstrass (1815), August Ferdinand Möbius (1790), and Ludolph van Ceulen (1540). After him are Regiomontanus (1436), Alexander Grothendieck (1928), Friedrich Bessel (1784), Felix Klein (1849), Carl Gustav Jacob Jacobi (1804), and Christopher Clavius (1538).