William Thurston

1946 - 2012

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William Paul Thurston (October 30, 1946 – August 21, 2012) was an American mathematician. He was a pioneer in the field of low-dimensional topology. In 1982, he was awarded the Fields Medal for his contributions to the study of 3-manifolds. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of William Thurston has received more than 240,786 page views. His biography is available in 33 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 30 in 2019). William Thurston is the 486th most popular mathematician (up from 520th in 2019), the 4,008th most popular biography from United States (down from 3,899th in 2019) and the 31st most popular American Mathematician.

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Among mathematicians, William Thurston ranks 486 out of 828Before him are Hendrik C. van de Hulst, Grégoire de Saint-Vincent, Edward Arthur Milne, Willem 's Gravesande, Kazimierz Ajdukiewicz, and August Leopold Crelle. After him are Carl Adam Petri, Ion Ghica, Friedrich Hirzebruch, Egon Pearson, Maria Angela Ardinghelli, and Edmund Gunter.

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Among people born in 1946, William Thurston ranks 252Before him are Ron Kovic, Jean-Jacques Beineix, Joseph Deiss, Henryk Kasperczak, Camilo Sesto, and Stan Winston. After him are Wes Unseld, Bruce Davison, Colin Burgess, Nicole Garcia, Anatoliy Banishevskiy, and Eugene Levy. Among people deceased in 2012, William Thurston ranks 163Before him are James Farentino, Ivica Horvat, José María Zárraga, Elliott Carter, John Christopher, and Georgi Lozanov. After him are Ignatius IV of Antioch, Gevork Vartanian, Carlo Rambaldi, Fiorenzo Magni, Friedrich Hirzebruch, and Assef Shawkat.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, William Thurston ranks 4,008 out of 15,968Before him are Stan Winston (1946), Steve Jackson (1953), Thomas E. Dewey (1902), Sarah Rafferty (1972), Burt Kennedy (1922), and Platt Adams (1885). After him are David Doyle (1929), Pharrell Williams (1973), Lee Radziwill (1933), Wes Unseld (1946), Charles Fort (1874), and Bruce Davison (1946).

Among MATHEMATICIANS In United States

Among mathematicians born in United States, William Thurston ranks 31Before him are Ronald Graham (1935), George David Birkhoff (1884), Haskell Curry (1900), Richard Montague (1930), Mitchell Feigenbaum (1944), and Julia Robinson (1919). After him are Benjamin Peirce (1809), Whitfield Diffie (1944), John Tate (1925), Michael Freedman (1951), Harold Hotelling (1895), and Oswald Veblen (1880).