Victor D'Hondt

1841 - 1902

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Victor Joseph Auguste D'Hondt (20 November 1841 – 30 May 1901) was a Belgian lawyer and jurist of civil law at Ghent University. He devised a procedure, the D'Hondt method, which he first described in 1878, for allocating seats to candidates in party-list proportional representation elections. The method has been adopted by a number of countries, including Albania, Argentina, Armenia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Chile, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Finland, Israel, Japan, North Macedonia, the Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Paraguay, Poland, Portugal, Scotland, Slovenia, Serbia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, Iceland, Uruguay and Wales. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Victor D'Hondt has received more than 47,300 page views. His biography is available in 30 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 27 in 2019). Victor D'Hondt is the 203rd most popular mathematician (up from 209th in 2019), the 168th most popular biography from Belgium (down from 155th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Belgian Mathematician.

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Among mathematicians, Victor D'Hondt ranks 203 out of 828Before him are Kazimierz Kuratowski, Thomas Abbt, Willem de Sitter, Jan Łukasiewicz, Georg von Peuerbach, and Joseph Petzval. After him are Emil Artin, Édouard Lucas, S. R. Ranganathan, Giovanni Ceva, Gilles de Roberval, and Theodorus of Cyrene.

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Among people born in 1841, Victor D'Hondt ranks 23Before him are Armand Fallières, Clément Ader, Emmanuel Chabrier, Ahmed ‘Urabi, Ferdinand Buisson, and Armand Guillaumin. After him are Sam Loyd, Prince Alfonso, Count of Caserta, Annie Chapman, Julius von Payer, Louis Le Prince, and Ybyrai Altynsarin. Among people deceased in 1902, Victor D'Hondt ranks 14Before him are Marie Henriette of Austria, James Tissot, Richard von Krafft-Ebing, Francis, Duke of Cádiz, Ion Ivanovici, and Albert of Saxony. After him are John Dalberg-Acton, 1st Baron Acton, Archduchess Margarete Sophie of Austria, Charles Dow, Jacint Verdaguer, Masaoka Shiki, and Albert Bierstadt.

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Among people born in Belgium, Victor D'Hondt ranks 168 out of 899Before him are Wilfried Martens (1936), Johannes Tinctoris (1435), Jacob Le Maire (1585), Chantal Mouffe (1943), Paul Otlet (1868), and John I, Duke of Brabant (1252). After him are Victor Serge (1890), Elio Di Rupo (1951), Prince Leopold, Duke of Brabant (1859), Barthélemy d'Eyck (1420), Pierre de la Rue (1460), and Alexander Agricola (1446).


Among mathematicians born in Belgium, Victor D'Hondt ranks 2Before him are Simon Stevin (1548). After him are Eugène Charles Catalan (1814), Pierre François Verhulst (1804), Pierre Deligne (1944), Adriaan van Roomen (1561), Grégoire de Saint-Vincent (1584), Charles Jean de la Vallée Poussin (1866), David Ruelle (1935), Elias M. Stein (1931), Jean Bourgain (1954), and Jacques Tits (1930).