**Birthdate:**August 8, 1974

**Sun Sign:**Leo

**Birthplace:**Hamilton, Canada

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Manjul Bhargava

(Mathematician)

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John Urschel

(Mathematician)

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Part of the 2017 **Forbes 30 Under 30** list of young scientists, Canadian-American mathematician John Urschel has previously had an illustrious football career as part of the **NFL** team **Baltimore Ravens**. He played with the **Ravens **without revealing that he was a full-time graduate student at **MIT**.

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Erik Demaine

(Mathematician, Computer scientist, University teacher)

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A child prodigy, Erik Demaine entered university at 12 and completed his PhD at 20, in spite of being homeschooled. He then joined the** MIT** computer science faculty, becoming the institute’s youngest professor. A computational origami expert, he has appeared in documentaries such as* The Origami Revolution* and written several books.

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Stephen Cook

(American-Canadian Computer Scientist and Mathematician)

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**A.M. Turing Award**-winning American-Canadian computer scientist Stephen Cook is known for his contribution to the development of the computational complexity theory and laid down the *Cook–Levin theorem*. The **Harvard **alumnus has also taught at institutes such as the **University of Toronto**. He is also an avid sailor and violinist.

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Simon Newcomb

(Astronomer, Mathematician, Economist, Novelist, Writer, Teacher, University teacher, Science fiction writer)

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Initially a herbalist’s apprentice, Simon Newcomb later deviated to mathematics and astronomy. Born to a schoolteacher, he had loved math since age 5 but wasn’t formally educated. He later joined **Harvard University**, taught math at the **US Navy**, detected locations of celestial bodies, and wrote a science-fiction novel, too.

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W. T. Tutte

(British-Canadian Mathematician Best Known for His Work on Code-Breaking in World War II)

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Born to working-class parents who were employed with the upkeep of the **Fitzroy House** stables, W. T. Tutte completed his high school studies on scholarships. Initially interested in physical chemistry, he later focused on math and became a genius codebreaker. He deciphered several intricate German military codes, such as *FISH*.

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Albert W. Tucker

(Mathematician, Topologist, University teacher)

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Canadian mathematician Albert W. Tucker is remembered for his contribution to the field of operations research, primarily non-linear programming and game theory. The **Princeton **alumnus was also associated with **Harvard** as a research fellow and later taught math at **Princeton**. John Nash was one of his PhD students.

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Robert Langlands

(Mathematician, University teacher)

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Canadian mathematician Robert Langlands is best known for his *Langlands program*. The **Yale** alumnus later taught at **Yale **and **Princeton**. His contributions include research on number theory and representation theory, and he has received several honors, including an **Abel Prize** and the **Order of Canada**.

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Louis Nirenberg

(Mathematician considered one of the most outstanding mathematicians of the 20th century.)

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Louis Nirenberg was a Canadian-American mathematician. He is counted as one of the most outstanding mathematicians of the 20th century. He specialized in the field of partial differential equations. He extensively collaborated with Shmuel Agmon and Avron Douglis to extend the Schauder theory. He was the recipient of several awards and honors, including the Bôcher Memorial Prize.

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Harold Scott MacDonald Coxeter

(One of the Greatest Geometers of the 20th Century)

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British-Canadian mathematician Harold Scott MacDonald Coxeter is regarded as one of the most influential geometers ever born. He showed immense skill in both math and music as a child. During his 6 decades at the **University of Toronto**, he wrote several books. He was also a *Fellow* of the **Royal Society**.

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William Kahan

(Canadian Mathematician and Computer Scientist Known for His 'Fundamental Contributions to Numerical Analysis')

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**A.M. Turing Award**-winning Canadian computer scientist William Kahan was the man behind the *IEEE 754-1985* specification for floating-point calculation, which makes sure computations on different computers produce identical results. He also laid down the *Kahan summation algorithm*. The **University of California, Berkeley** professor is also an *ACM Fellow.*

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Irving Kaplansky

(Canadian Mathematician Famous for His Contributions to 'Ring Theory', 'Group Theory' and 'Field Theory')

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Born to working-class Polish immigrants in Canada, Irving Kaplansky later became one of the first to get a *Putnam Fellowship* to **Harvard University**. A mathematics professor, he made major contributions to areas such as group theory. A skilled musician, too, he had played in bands and composed math-themed songs.

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Nathan Divinsky

(Mathematician, Chess player)

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Nathan Divinsky was a Canadian chess master, mathematician, chess official, and university professor. Divinsky achieved international recognition when he married Kim Campbell who served as the 19th Prime Minister of Canada. As a chess player, Divinsky represented his country at the *Chess Olympiad *on two occasions. As a chess writer, Nathan Divinsky contributed to several Canadian chess magazines.

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J. Carson Mark

(Scientist)

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Douglas George Chapman

(Mathematical statistician)

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