Died On February 28th

Discover the most famous people who died on February 28. The list includes people like Rajendra Prasad, George Hearst, George Kennedy, Jane Russell, Henry James. Famous personalities featured on this list, include political leaders, novelists, actors and emperors & kings and from other domains of life. This list includes people from United States, England, France & Germany and many more countries.
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Jane Russell
(Actress, Singer and Model Who was One of Hollywood's Leading Sex Symbols in the 1940s and 1950s )
Jane Russell
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Birthdate: June 21, 1921
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bemidji, Minnesota, United States
Died: 2011

Jane Russell was an American actress and singer. Renowned for her beauty, Russell was considered one of the leading sex symbols of Hollywood in the 1940s and 1950s. In 2009, Glamour magazine named her in its list of 40 Most Iconic Movie Goddesses. Her contribution to the entertainment industry was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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George Kennedy
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Birthdate: February 18, 1925
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: 2016

George Kennedy was an American actor who won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of Dragline in the 1967 prison drama film, Cool Hand Luke. A multi-talented person, George Kennedy was also an aviator and writer; he owned a Beechcraft Bonanza as well as a Cessna 210 and wrote three books, including his autobiography titled Trust Me.

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Henry James
(British Author Who is Regarded as a Key Transitional Figure Between Literary Realism and Literary Modernism)
Henry James
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: April 15, 1843
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New York, New York City, United States
Died: 1916

Henry James was an author, regarded as one of the greatest novelists ever to write in the English language. One of his novellas titled The Turn of the Screw has been the most analyzed ghost story in the history of English language literature. While his works have been adapted into films, he has been the subject of several other stories.

 4 
Paul Harvey
(Radio Broadcaster)
Paul Harvey
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Birthdate: September 4, 1918
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Tulsa
Died: 2009
 5 
André Previn
(Known for His Versatile Orchestral Compositions)
André Previn
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: April 6, 1929
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: 2019
German-American pianist and composer André Previn was a prominent figure in jazz and classical music. He composed tracks for MGM and won four Grammys and four Academy Awards. He was the music director of the Houston Symphony Orchestra and the main conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra, among others.
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Rajendra Prasad
(1st President of India)
Rajendra Prasad
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: December 3, 1884
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Siwan, Bihar, India
Died: 1963
Rajendra Prasad was India’s first and longest-tenured president, from 1950 to 1962. He was re-elected in 1957, thus becoming the only Indian president to serve two terms. He had previously been a freedom fighter and later also served as the president of the Constituent Assembly, which drafted India’s constitution.
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Dermot Morgan
(Comedian)
Dermot Morgan
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Birthdate: March 31, 1952
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
Died: 1998
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
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Ruby Keeler
(American Actress Best Known for Her Film '42nd Street')
Ruby Keeler
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Birthdate: August 25, 1909
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada
Died: 1993

Ruby Keeler was an American actress, singer, and dancer. She is best remembered for appearing alongside Dick Powell in a series of successful musicals at Warner Bros. Ruby Keeler has a star dedicated to her on the famous Hollywood Walk of Fame.

 9 
Anthony Mason
(Basketball Player)
Anthony Mason
5
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 14, 1966
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Miami, Florida, United States
Died: 2015
Height: 6'8" (203 cm)
 10 
Zara Cully
(Actress)
Zara Cully
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Birthdate: January 26, 1892
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Worcester, Massachusetts, United States
Died: 1978
Height: 5'2" (157 cm)
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Friedrich Ebert
(1st President of Germany (1919 - 1925))
Friedrich Ebert
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: February 4, 1871
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Heidelberg, Germany
Died: 1925

Friedrich Ebert was a German politician who served as the president of Germany from 1919 to 1925. He played an important role during the German Revolution of 1918–19, which helped replace the federal constitutional monarchy with a parliamentary republic, which came to be known as the Weimar Republic. Friedrich Ebert also worked towards restoring peace in Germany.

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Frank Kelly
(Actor)
Frank Kelly
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Birthdate: December 28, 1938
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Blackrock, Dublin, Ireland
Died: 2016
 13 
Freeman Dyson
(Mathematician)
Freeman Dyson
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: December 15, 1923
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Crowthorne, England
Died: 2020

Freeman Dyson was a British-American theoretical and mathematical physicist, mathematician, and statistician. He made major contributions in the fields of quantum field theory, astrophysics, random matrices, quantum mechanics, and nuclear physics. He originated the concept that went on to be known as Dyson's transform. He received the Golden Plate Award of the American Academy of Achievement in 1986. 

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Joan Greenwood
(Actress)
Joan Greenwood
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Birthdate: March 4, 1921
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Chelsea, London, England
Died: 1987
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Camille Corot
(French Landscape and Portrait Painter)
Camille Corot
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Birthdate: July 16, 1796
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: 1875

French painter Camille Corot is remembered for his landscape paintings that paved the path for the Impressionist movement. Born into a milliner’s family, Corot was a poor student and shunned his family business to learn painting at 25. His works, however, were easy to replicate and led to many forgeries.

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David Byron
(Singer, Songwriter)
David Byron
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: January 29, 1947
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Epping
Died: 1985
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Cecil Kellaway
(South African Character Actor)
Cecil Kellaway
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Birthdate: August 22, 1890
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Cape Town, South Africa
Died: 1973
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Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr.
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Birthdate: October 15, 1917
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Columbus, Ohio, United States
Died: 2007
 19 
Elliot See
(Officer, Test pilot, Astronaut)
Elliot See
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: July 23, 1927
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Dallas
Died: 1966
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Alphonse de Lamartine
(French Author, Poet and Member of the National Assembly for Saône-Et-Loire from 1849 to 1851)
Alphonse de Lamartine
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: October 21, 1790
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Mâcon, France
Died: 1869

French poet and historian Alphonse de Lamartine is best remembered for his collection of poems Méditations poétiques. He was a chief force behind the formation of the Second Republic of France. The allowances he gave his sisters depleted his finances, and he died struggling and in oblivion.

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Khosrau II
(considered to be the last great Sasanian king (shah) of Iran, ruling from 590 to 628, with an interruption of one year)
Khosrau II
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Birthdate: 0570 AD
Birthplace: Ctesiphon, Iraq
Died: 0628
 22 
Emily Warren Roebling
(Lady Who Guided The Construction of the Brooklyn Bridge.)
Emily Warren Roebling
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Listed In: Engineers
Birthdate: September 23, 1843
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Cold Spring, New York
Died: 1903

Apart from being a socialite, Emily Warren Roebling was also a skilled engineer. She took over the reins of designing the Brooklyn Bridge when her husband, the chief engineer of the project, Washington Augustus Roebling, was rendered bedridden. She went against the grain and earned a law certificate, too.

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Charles Bassett
(Test pilot)
Charles Bassett
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: December 30, 1931
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Dayton, Ohio, United States
Died: 1966
 24 
Irv Cross
(American Football Player)
Irv Cross
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 27, 1939
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Hammond, Indiana, United States
Died: 2021
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
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Ishirō Honda
(Director)
Ishirō Honda
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Birthdate: May 7, 1911
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Asahi, Japan
Died: 1993

Ishirō Honda was a Japanese filmmaker with an extensive career spanning 59 years. Beginning his career as a third assistant director, he went on to make his directorial debut with the short documentary film Ise-Shima. With 44 films to his credit, he is counted amongst the most internationally successful Japanese filmmakers of the 20th century. 

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Just Fontaine
(French Professional Footballer Who Played as a Striker)
Just Fontaine
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 18, 1933
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Marrakech, Morocco
Died: 2023
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
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Raymond IV, Count of Toulouse
(Leader)
Raymond IV, Count of Toulouse
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 1041 AD
Birthplace: Toulouse, France
Died: 1105
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Harvey Kuenn
(Baseball player)
Harvey Kuenn
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 4, 1930
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: West Allis, Wisconsin, United States
Died: 1988
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Alfonso XIII of Spain
(King of Spain from 1886 to 1931)
Alfonso XIII of Spain
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Birthdate: May 17, 1886
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain
Died: 1941

Alfonso XIII began ruling as the king of Spain under the regency of his mother, María Cristina. His strategy of rotating governments led to 33 governments in 21 years. Known as El Africano for his support to those who wished to colonialize African countries, he eventually had to leave Spain.

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Martin Bucer
(German Protestant Reformer and Theologian)
Martin Bucer
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: November 11, 1491
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Sélestat, France
Died: 1551

Martin Bucer was a German Protestant reformer in the Reformed tradition who was active in the 16th century. He is credited to have deeply influenced Lutheran, Calvinist, and Anglican doctrines and practices. His work resulted in his excommunication from the Roman Catholic Church, and he was exiled to England. He is considered an early pioneer of ecumenism.

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Anny Ondra
(Czech Actress Who Appeared in Czech, Austrian, French, German, and English films.)
Anny Ondra
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Birthdate: May 15, 1903
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Tarnow, Poland
Died: 1987

Anny Ondra was a Czech film actress who appeared in Czech, Austrian, French, German, and English films. Apart from her popular acting career, Ondra was also known for her much publicized wedding and marriage life with boxing champion Max Schmeling. Anny Ondra was played by Peta Wilson in the 2002 American-German boxing film Joe and Max.

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Annie Girardot
(Actress)
Annie Girardot
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Birthdate: October 25, 1931
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: 2011
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)
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Cosimo II
(Duke of Tuscany)
Cosimo II
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: May 12, 1590
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Pitti Palace, Florence, Italy
Died: 1621
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Henry Deringer
(Gunsmith)
Henry Deringer
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Birthdate: October 26, 1786
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Easton, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: 1868
 35 
Henry Luce
(Journalist, Publisher)
Henry Luce
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: April 3, 1898
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Dengzhou
Died: 1967
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Nora Kaye
(Ballerina)
Nora Kaye
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Listed In: Dancers
Birthdate: January 17, 1920
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: 1987
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Owen Chamberlain
(American Physicist and Winner of the 1959 Nobel Prize in Physics)
Owen Chamberlain
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: July 10, 1920
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States
Died: 2006
 38 
Daniel J. Boorstin
(Librarian, Historian, Writer, Sociologist, Lawyer, Biographer)
Daniel J. Boorstin
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Birthdate: October 1, 1914
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Atlanta
Died: 2004

Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and University of Chicago professor Daniel J. Boorstin is best known for his three-volume history of American civilization, The Americans. Born to a lawyer father, Daniel J. Boorstin studied law at Harvard and had also been a communist in his youth. He also held 20 honorary degrees.

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Hugo Kołłątaj
(Polish Roman Catholic Priest, Reformer, Politician and One of the Most Prominent Figures of the Polish Enlightenment)
Hugo Kołłątaj
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: April 1, 1750
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Velyki Dederkaly, Ukraine
Died: 1812

Hugo Kołłątaj was a Polish educationalist and constitutional reformer who played a major role during the Polish Enlightenment. An influential social and political activist, Kołłątaj was one of the authors of the Constitution of 3 May 1791, which aimed at implementing a constitutional monarchy. Hugo Kołłątaj's work also influenced many subsequent reformers.

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Maxwell Anderson
(Playwright)
Maxwell Anderson
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: December 15, 1888
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Atlantic, Pennsylvania
Died: 1959
 41 
Neville Cardus
(Writer & Critic)
Neville Cardus
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: April 3, 1888
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Rusholme, Manchester, England
Died: 1975
 42 
Carmen Laforet
(Spanish Novelist and Short-Story Writer)
Carmen Laforet
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: September 6, 1921
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Barcelona, Spain
Died: 2004

Premio Nadal-winning Spanish author Carmen Laforet is remembered for developing Spanish Existentialist literature. Best known for her first and most popular novel, Nada, she used the tremendismo narrative in her works. Suffering from Alzheimer's disease in later years, she eventually lost the ability to speak.

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Tito Rodríguez
(Puerto Rican Bandleader and Singer)
Tito Rodríguez
1
Birthdate: January 4, 1923
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Santurce, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Died: 1973
 44 
Fidel Sánchez Hernández
(32nd President of El Salvador (1967 – 1972))
Fidel Sánchez Hernández
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: July 7, 1917
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: El Divisadero, El Salvador
Died: 2003

Fidel Sánchez Hernández was a Salvadoran politician and military officer. He served as the 32nd President of El Salvador from 1967 to 1972. In 1969, he led the Salvadoran Army in the Football War against Honduras. Prior to becoming the president, Fidel served as an army general. He also served as the Minister of the Interior from 1962 to 1967.

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Lilla Cabot Perry
(American Artist)
Lilla Cabot Perry
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Birthdate: January 13, 1848
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Died: 1933
 46 
Jean Gottmann
(French Geographer Who Introduced the Concept of 'Megalopolis')
Jean Gottmann
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Birthdate: October 10, 1915
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kharkiv, Ukraine
Died: 1994

French geographer Jean Gottmann is best remembered for introducing the concept of megalopolis. Starting his career as a research assistant at the Sorbonne, he later taught at Johns Hopkins University, the University of Paris, and Oxford. He was a specialist in urban, regional, and historical geography.

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Charles Nicolle
(Bacteriologist)
Charles Nicolle
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Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: September 21, 1866
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Rouen, France
Died: 1936
 48 
Donald A. Glaser
(Physicist)
Donald A. Glaser
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: September 21, 1926
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Died: 2013
 49 
Richard Stockton
(Judge, Lawyer)
Richard Stockton
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: October 1, 1730
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Princeton, New Jersey, United States
Died: 1781
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Frigyes Riesz
(Hungarian Mathematician Who Made Fundamental Contributions to Functional Analysis)
Frigyes Riesz
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: January 22, 1880
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Győr, Hungary
Died: 1956

Hungarian mathematician Frigyes Riesz is largely regarded as a pioneer of functional analysis. He taught at a number of institutes such as the University of Szeged and also co-founded the journal Acta Scientiarum Mathematicarum. His lectures involved an assistant and a docent, quite unusual for his time.