Feng Li’s Mathematics Genealogy

According to the Mathematics Genealogy, my academic genealogy can trace back to a lot of great mathematicians and philosophers (that has nothing to do with me though. What a shame!). Here is the complete list in case you are curious.

  1. Friedrich Leibniz (1597–1652) was a professor of moral philosophy at Leipzig University.
  2. Jakob Thomasius (1622–1684) was a German academic philosopher and jurist. He is now regarded as an important founding figure in the scholarly study of the history of philosophy
  3. Otto Mencke (1644–1707) was a 17th-century German philosopher and scientist. He is notable as being the founder of the very first scientific journal in Germany, established 1682, entitled: Acta Eruditorum.
  4. Johann Christoph Wichmannshausen (1663–1727) was a 17th-century German philologist. He is best known as part of a line of scientific genealogy stretching from Mencke to Gauss and to many other mathematicians.
  5. Christian August Hausen (1693–1743) was a German mathematician who is known for his research on electricity.
  6. Abraham Gotthelf Kästner (1719–1800) was a German mathematician and epigrammatist. He was known in his professional life for writing textbooks and compiling encyclopedias rather than for original research.
  7. Johann Friedrich Pfaff (1765–1825) was a German mathematician. He was described as one of Germany’s most eminent mathematicians during the 19th century.
  8. Carl Friedrich Gauss (1777–1855) was a German mathematician who contributed significantly to many fields, including number theory, algebra, statistics, analysis, differential geometry, geodesy, geophysics, electrostatics, astronomy, matrix theory, and optics.
  9. Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel (1784 –1846) was a German astronomer, mathematician. He was the first astronomer who determined reliable values for the distance from the sun to another star by the method of parallax.
  10. Heinrich Ferdinand Scherk (1798–1885) was a German mathematician notable for his work on minimal surfaces and the distribution of prime numbers.
  11. Ernst Eduard Kummer (1810–1893) was a German mathematician.
  12. Hermann Amandus Schwarz (1843–1921) was a German mathematician, known for his work in complex analysis.
  13. Leopold (Lipót) Fejér (1880–1959) was a Hungarian mathematician. He was the thesis advisor of mathematicians such as John von Neumann, Paul Erdős, George Pólya and Pál Turán.
  14. Marcel Riesz (1886–1969) was a Hungarian-born mathematician, known for work on summation methods, potential theory, and other parts of analysis, as well as number theory, partial differential equations, and Clifford algebras.
  15. Harald Cramér (1893–1985) was a Swedish mathematician, actuary, and statistician, specializing in mathematical statistics and probabilistic number theory. He was once described by John Kingman as “one of the giants of statistical theory”.
  16. Gunnar Blom was Porfessor in Lund University.
  17. Daniel Thorburn is Porfessor in Stockholm University.
  18. Mattias Villani Professor of Statistics at the Division of Statistics and Machine Learning at the Department of Computer and Information Science (IDA), Linköping University.
  19. Feng Li (here I am)