William Jones

1675 - 1749

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William Jones, FRS (1675 – 1 July 1749) was a Welsh mathematician, most noted for his use of the symbol π (the Greek letter Pi) to represent the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter. He was a close friend of Sir Isaac Newton and Sir Edmund Halley. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of William Jones has received more than 54,108 page views. His biography is available in 25 different languages on Wikipedia. William Jones is the 383rd most popular mathematician (down from 289th in 2019), the 1,783rd most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 1,489th in 2019) and the 38th most popular British Mathematician.

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Among mathematicians, William Jones ranks 383 out of 1,004Before him are Hypsicles, Sam Loyd, Viggo Brun, Philipp Ludwig von Seidel, Rudolf E. Kálmán, and William Sealy Gosset. After him are Elwin Bruno Christoffel, Richard Courant, Grigory Margulis, Maryam Mirzakhani, Lennart Carleson, and Eugenio Beltrami.

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Among people born in 1675, William Jones ranks 8Before him are Emperor Higashiyama, Louis de Rouvroy, duc de Saint-Simon, Tarabai, Evaristo Felice Dall'Abaco, Vakhtang VI of Kartli, and Claude Alexandre de Bonneval. After him are Princess Sibylle of Saxe-Lauenburg, Guillaume Delisle, Samuel Clarke, Frederick William, Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, and James Thornhill. Among people deceased in 1749, William Jones ranks 8Before him are Françoise Marie de Bourbon, Adel Shah, Alessandro Magnasco, Louis-Nicolas Clérambault, Jan van Huysum, and Claudine Guérin de Tencin. After him are Mkhitar Sebastatsi, Gottfried Heinrich Stölzel, Matthias Bel, André Cardinal Destouches, Jan Frans van Bloemen, and Shahu I.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, William Jones ranks 1,783 out of 8,785Before him are Fred West (1941), Henry More (1614), Raymond Williams (1921), William Buckland (1784), David Roberts (1796), and Stephen Toulmin (1922). After him are Derek Jarman (1942), Shakin' Stevens (1948), Clarke Abel (1780), Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806), Aelred of Rievaulx (1110), and Robert Palmer (1949).

Among MATHEMATICIANS In United Kingdom

Among mathematicians born in United Kingdom, William Jones ranks 38Before him are John Graunt (1620), Frank P. Ramsey (1903), Peter Barlow (1776), George Green (1793), Roger Cotes (1682), and William Sealy Gosset (1876). After him are Mary Cartwright (1900), Thomas Bradwardine (1300), Edmund Gunter (1581), William Kingdon Clifford (1845), Eric Temple Bell (1883), and James Stirling (1692).