Remember Darren Aronofsky’s 1998 movie on mathematics titled “Pi”? Yes, the same edge-of-seat flick about a mentally unstable mathematician who believes that mathematics is the language of the universe, that nature can be expressed in numbers and there are patterns everywhere around us. Well, now if you thought he was the only man to ever deem so, know that the world is filled with mathematicians who saw mathematics as an answer to all questions — existential and hypothetical. And no matter how much you deny this truth or loathe math, you cannot overlook its importance and impact in every aspect of our lives. From you kitchen faucet to the satellite that beams your TV, math is just everywhere. The world owes much of its breakthrough advancements to the computation geniuses of great mathematicians like Pythagoras, Descartes, Euclid and Euler. America, like everything else, too prides itself on its home-bred mathematicians who have made the world a better place with their outstanding mental ability. Read on to know their biography, timeline and also some trivia and facts.
Katherine JohnsonKatherine Johnson

26 August 1918

John von NeumannJohn von Neumann

28 December 1903

Terence TaoTerence Tao

17 July 1975

Kurt GödelKurt Gödel

28 April 1906

Tom LehrerTom Lehrer

09 April 1928

Alfred North WhiteheadAlfred North Whitehead

15 February 1861

Manjul BhargavaManjul Bhargava

08 August 1974

Eugene Paul Eugene Wigner

17 November 1902

Edwin Powell HubbleEdwin Powell Hubble

20 November 1889

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Herbert A. HauptmaHerbert A. Hauptman

14 February 1917

Freeman DysonFreeman Dyson

15 December 1923

Donald KnuthDonald Knuth

10 January 1938

Claude ShannonClaude Shannon

30 April 1916

George DantzigGeorge Dantzig

08 November 1914

Andrew WilesAndrew Wiles

11 April 1953

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Charles Sanders PeirceCharles Sanders Peirce

10 September 1839

Edward WittenEdward Witten

26 August 1951

Mark AdlerMark Adler

03 April 1959

Benoit MandelbrotBenoit Mandelbrot

20 November 1924

Marvin MinskyMarvin Minsky

09 August 1927

Bruce SchneierBruce Schneier

15 January 1963

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Norbert WienerNorbert Wiener

26 November 1894

Willard Van Orman QuineWillard Van Orman Quine

25 June 1908

Shing-Tung YauShing-Tung Yau

04 April 1949

Hilary PutnamHilary Putnam

31 July 1926

Leslie LamportLeslie Lamport

07 February 1941

Josiah Willard GibbsJosiah Willard Gibbs

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Martin GardnerMartin Gardner

21 October 1914

Stanislaw UlamStanislaw Ulam

13 April 1909

Edgar F. CoddEdgar F. Codd

19 August 1923

Alonzo ChurchAlonzo Church

14 June 1903

Edward O. ThorpEdward O. Thorp

14 August 1932

David BerlinskiDavid Berlinski

1942 AD

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Edward Norton LorenzEdward Norton Lorenz

23 May 1917

Hermann WeylHermann Weyl

09 November 1885

Percival LowellPercival Lowell

13 March 1855

Alfred TarskiAlfred Tarski

14 January 1901

Jef RaskinJef Raskin

09 March 1943

Daniel J. BernsteinDaniel J. Bernstein

29 October 1971

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George PólyaGeorge Pólya

13 December 1887

Lotfi A. ZadehLotfi A. Zadeh

04 February 1921

Charles Proteus SteinmetzCharles Proteus Steinmetz

09 April 1865

Whitfield DiffieWhitfield Diffie

05 June 1944

Alan SokalAlan Sokal

24 January 1955

Elias M. SteinElias M. Stein

13 January 1931

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Leonard KleinrockLeonard Kleinrock

13 June 1934

Fred BrooksFred Brooks

19 April 1931

Seymour PapertSeymour Papert

29 February 1928

John BackusJohn Backus

03 December 1924

Peter ShorPeter Shor

14 August 1959

Arthur T. BenjaminArthur T. Benjamin

19 March 1961

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Noam ElkiesNoam Elkies

25 August 1966

Haskell CurryHaskell Curry

12 September 1900

Leonard AdlemanLeonard Adleman

31 December 1945

Narendra KarmarkarNarendra Karmarkar

1957 AD

John MilnorJohn Milnor

20 February 1931

Richard HammingRichard Hamming

11 February 1915

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Eric W. WeissteinEric W. Weisstein

18 March 1969

Harry NyquistHarry Nyquist

07 February 1889

Ronald GrahamRonald Graham

31 October 1935

Allen NewellAllen Newell

19 March 1927

George R. PriceGeorge R. Price

06 October 1922

Robert AumannRobert Aumann

08 June 1930

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Edward FrenkelEdward Frenkel

02 May 1968

Rudolf E. KálmánRudolf E. Kálmán

19 May 1930

Stephen SmaleStephen Smale

15 July 1930

Fischer BlackFischer Black

11 January 1938

Raymond SmullyanRaymond Smullyan

25 May 1919

Serge LangSerge Lang

19 May 1927

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Robert TarjanRobert Tarjan

30 April 1948

Stephen Cole KleeneStephen Cole Kleene

05 January 1909

Stephen CookStephen Cook

14 December 1939

Persi DiaconisPersi Diaconis

31 January 1945

Elbert Frank CoxElbert Frank Cox

05 December 1895

Martin HellmanMartin Hellman

02 October 1945

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Theodore KaczynskiTheodore Kaczynski

22 May 1942

Charles FeffermanCharles Fefferman

18 April 1949

David GaleDavid Gale

13 December 1921