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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 289,787 page views. His biography is available in 39 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 36 in 2019). Simon Newcomb is the 246th most popular mathematician (up from 293rd in 2019), the 83rd most popular biography from Canada (up from 92nd in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Canadian Mathematician.

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Among mathematicians, Simon Newcomb ranks 246 out of 823Before him are Alfred Korzybski, Leo Perutz, Ibn al-Shatir, George Atwood, Farkas Bolyai, and Israel Gelfand. After him are Pierre Varignon, Nicolaus II Bernoulli, Thomas Simpson, Seleucus of Seleucia, Jabir ibn Aflah, and William George Horner.

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Among people born in 1835, Simon Newcomb ranks 30Before him are Iwasaki Yatarō, Elisha Gray, Adolph Wagner, Hijikata Toshizō, Sai Baba of Shirdi, and Princess Adelheid of Hohenlohe-Langenburg. After him are Maria Alexandrovna Ulyanova, Mendele Mocher Sforim, Matsukata Masayoshi, Eugenio Beltrami, Christian Otto Mohr, and Tomás Estrada Palma. Among people deceased in 1909, Simon Newcomb ranks 25Before him are Francisco Ferrer, Besarion Jughashvili, Princess Maria Teresa of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, Princess Marie of Orléans, Paul Gachet, and Abdul Karim. After him are Arnold Janssen, George Robinson, 1st Marquess of Ripon, Ludwig Gumplowicz, Algernon Charles Swinburne, Naftali Herz Imber, and Caran d'Ache.

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Among people born in Canada, Simon Newcomb ranks 83 out of 1,350Before him are Yvonne De Carlo (1922), Rick Moranis (1953), Maurice Richard (1921), Gordie Howe (1928), Victor Garber (1949), and Reginald Fessenden (1866). After him are Marie-Louise Meilleur (1880), Michael Ironside (1950), Justin Bieber (1994), Jack L. Warner (1892), Graham Greene (1952), and Rudolph A. Marcus (1923).


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), Albert W. Tucker (1905), William Kahan (1933), Cathleen Synge Morawetz (1923), Irving Kaplansky (1917), and Manjul Bhargava (1974).