Simon Newcomb

1835 - 1909

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Simon Newcomb (March 12, 1835 – July 11, 1909) was a Canadian–American astronomer, applied mathematician, and autodidactic polymath. He served as Professor of Mathematics in the United States Navy and at Johns Hopkins University. Born in Nova Scotia, at the age of 19 Newcomb left an apprenticeship to join his father in Massachusetts, where the latter was teaching. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Simon Newcomb has received more than 236,459 page views. His biography is available in 36 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 35 in 2019). Simon Newcomb is the 293rd most popular mathematician (down from 269th in 2019), the 92nd most popular biography from Canada (down from 82nd in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Canadian Mathematician.

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Among mathematicians, Simon Newcomb ranks 293 out of 828Before him are Antoine Gombaud, Julius Plücker, John G. Thompson, Liu Xin, William George Horner, and Yi Xing. After him are Nicholas Mercator, Zhu Shijie, Viktor Bunyakovsky, Abu Zayd al-Balkhi, Andreas Osiander, and Caspar Wessel.

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Among people born in 1835, Simon Newcomb ranks 32Before him are Ferdinand IV, Grand Duke of Tuscany, Mendele Mocher Sforim, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, Sai Baba of Shirdi, Matsukata Masayoshi, and Eugenio Beltrami. After him are Maria Alexandrovna Ulyanova, Alexandrine Tinné, Christian Otto Mohr, Tomás Estrada Palma, Princess Adelheid of Hohenlohe-Langenburg, and Krišjānis Barons. Among people deceased in 1909, Simon Newcomb ranks 28Before him are Princess Marie of Orléans, Besarion Jughashvili, Arnold Janssen, Princess Maria Teresa of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, Ludwig Gumplowicz, and Algernon Charles Swinburne. After him are Jakub Bart-Ćišinski, Joshua Slocum, Emil Christian Hansen, Naftali Herz Imber, George Meredith, and Venceslaus Ulricus Hammershaimb.

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Among people born in Canada, Simon Newcomb ranks 92 out of 1,130Before him are Joe Weider (1919), Norma Shearer (1902), Jack L. Warner (1892), Gerald Bull (1928), James Doohan (1920), and Wayne Gretzky (1961). After him are Eric McCormack (1963), Denny Doherty (1940), Denys Arcand (1941), Deanna Durbin (1921), Denis Villeneuve (1967), and Gordie Howe (1928).


Among mathematicians born in Canada, Simon Newcomb ranks 2Before him are John Charles Fields (1863). After him are Robert Langlands (1936), Louis Nirenberg (1925), Edward Routh (1831), William Kahan (1933), Cathleen Synge Morawetz (1923), Irving Kaplansky (1917), and Manjul Bhargava (1974).