Richard Dedekind

1831 - 1916

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Julius Wilhelm Richard Dedekind (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 351,492 page views. His biography is available in 57 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 54 in 2019). Richard Dedekind is the 73rd most popular mathematician (up from 84th in 2019), the 347th most popular biography from Germany (up from 400th in 2019) and the 11th 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 73 out of 828Before him are Urbain Le Verrier, August Ferdinand Möbius, Friedrich Bessel, Émilie du Châtelet, G. H. Hardy, and Gaspard Monge. After him are Siméon Denis Poisson, Andrey Kolmogorov, Johann Heinrich Lambert, Benoit Mandelbrot, Jacob Bernoulli, and Katherine Johnson.

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Among people born in 1831, Richard Dedekind ranks 7Before him are James Clerk Maxwell, Sitting Bull, Frederick III, German Emperor, Helena Blavatsky, Xianfeng Emperor, and James A. Garfield. After him are Emperor Kōmei, Leo von Caprivi, Naser al-Din Shah Qajar, John Stith Pemberton, Johann Martin Schleyer, and Cheoljong of Joseon. Among people deceased in 1916, Richard Dedekind ranks 14Before him are Franz Marc, William Ramsay, Henry James, Sholem Aleichem, Odilon Redon, and Umberto Boccioni. After him are Karl Schwarzschild, Otto of Bavaria, Helmuth von Moltke the Younger, Natsume Sōseki, Klas Pontus Arnoldson, and Enrique Granados.

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Among people born in Germany, Richard Dedekind ranks 347 out of 5,289Before him are Otto Heinrich Warburg (1883), Princess Ludovika of Bavaria (1808), Elisabeth Christine of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel (1691), Frank-Walter Steinmeier (1956), Friedrich Schlegel (1772), and Nelly Sachs (1891). After him are Rudolf Dassler (1898), Henry the Lion (1129), Maria Alexandrovna (1824), Traudl Junge (1920), August Kekulé (1829), and Hermann Fegelein (1906).


Among mathematicians born in Germany, Richard Dedekind ranks 11Before him are Peter Gustav Lejeune Dirichlet (1805), Emmy Noether (1882), Ludolph van Ceulen (1540), Karl Weierstrass (1815), August Ferdinand Möbius (1790), and Friedrich Bessel (1784). After him are Regiomontanus (1436), Felix Klein (1849), Alexander Grothendieck (1928), Carl Gustav Jacob Jacobi (1804), Christopher Clavius (1538), and Ferdinand von Lindemann (1852).