Famous Greek Mathematicians

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Pythagoras
(Greek Philosopher, Mathematician and Founder of Pythagoreanism)
Pythagoras
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Birthdate: 0570 BC
Birthplace: Samos, Greece
Died: 0495 BC

Pythagoras was an Ionian Greek philosopher. He is credited with many scientific and mathematical discoveries, including the Sphericity of the Earth, the Theory of Proportions, the five regular solids, Pythagorean tuning, and the Pythagorean Theorem. Pythagoras influenced other philosophers like Plato and Aristotle. His philosophy also had a major impact on personalities like Isaac Newton, Johannes Kepler, and Nicolaus Copernicus.

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Euclid
(Greek Mathematician Who is Considered the 'Father of Geometry')
Euclid
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Birthdate: 0330 AD
Birthplace: Greece
Greek mathematician Euclid, also known as Euclid of Alexandria, is remembered as the father of geometry. One of his most significant works was his book on mathematics, Elements. He had worked extensively on conic sections, spherical geometry, and number theory.
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Eratosthenes
(First Person to Calculate the Circumference of the Earth and Earth's Axial Tilt)
Eratosthenes
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Birthdate: 0276 BC
Birthplace: Cyrene, Libya, Shahat, Libya
Died: 0194 BC

Greek polymath Eratosthenes of Cyrene was a mathematician, poet, geographer, music theorist, and astronomer. He also served as the Library of Alexandria’s chief librarian. He was also the first to calculate the Earth’s circumference and the tilt of the Earth's axis. Nicknamed Pentathlos, he also invented many scientific terms.

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Thales
(Philosopher)
Thales
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Birthdate: 0624 BC
Birthplace: Miletus Ancient Theater, Turkey
Died: 0546 BC

One of the Seven Wise Men of Greece, Thales was a 6th-century mathematician who believed that the Earth was a flat disk floating on a huge ocean. Legend has it that he had predicted a solar eclipse that stopped a major battle and had also laid down several geometrical theorems.

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Hipparchus
(Astronomer & Mathematician)
Hipparchus
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Birthdate: 0190 BC
Birthplace: Nicaea, Kingdom of Bithynia
Died: 0120 BC
In his early years in Bithynia, Hipparchus spent most of his time compiling weather records. He devoted almost his entire life to astronomical research. Remembered as the man who founded trigonometry, he also discovered the precession of the equinoxes. However, most of his written work hasn’t survived.
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Hero of Alexandria
(Greek Mathematician and Engineer)
Hero of Alexandria
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Birthdate: 0010 AD
Birthplace: Alexandria, Egypt
Died: 0070 AD

Greek inventor and mathematician Hero of Alexandria is remembered for his iconic work on geometry, Metrica, which was lost for many years but was then discovered after 1896. His most significant contributions include the Heron’s formula to find the area of a triangle, the Hero engine, and a wind-harnessing machine.

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Aristarchus of Samos
(Astronomer and Mathematician who presented the first known heliocentric model)
Aristarchus of Samos
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Birthdate: 0310 AD
Birthplace: Samos, Greece
Died: 0230 AD

Aristarchus of Samos was an ancient Greek mathematician and astronomer best known for being the first person to present the heliocentric model at a time when the geocentric theories of Ptolemy and Aristotle were considered conventional. Aristarchus of Samos even estimated the sizes of the Moon and Sun and is regarded as one of the greatest thinkers of all time.

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Posidonius
(Greek Astronomer, Mathematician, Geographer and Philosopher)
Posidonius
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Birthdate: 0135 BC
Birthplace: Apamea, Syria
Died: 0051 BC

Posidonius was a Greek astronomer, astrologer, politician, historian, mathematician, geographer, and teacher. Widely regarded as the most learned man of his generation, Posidonius took genuine interest in natural history and natural science. He worked towards spreading Stoicism to the Roman world through his personal lectures and writings. Also a philosopher, Posidonius’ works have influenced the works of several subsequent writers.     

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Constantin Carathéodory
(Greek Mathematician Who Made Important Contributions to the Theory of Real Functions and to the Calculus of Variations)
Constantin Carathéodory
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Birthdate: September 13, 1873
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: February 2, 1950

Greek-origin German mathematician Constantin Carathéodory is best remembered for his work on concepts such as real functions and the calculus of variations. Initially an engineer working for a British project in Egypt, he later switched to study math. He also taught at the universities of Berlin and Munich.

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Themistocles M. Rassias
(Greek Mathematician & Professor)
Themistocles M. Rassias
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Birthdate: April 2, 1951
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Pellana, Greece

Greek mathematician and Athens Polytechnic professor Themistocles M. Rassias is known for his countless research papers and several university-level textbooks. The UCB alumnus is an expert in mathematical analysis and has won several honors and awards, including an honorary doctorate from the University of Nis in Serbia.

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Archytas
(Greek Philosopher, Mathematician and Astronomer)
Archytas
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Birthdate: 0428 AD
Birthplace: Taranto, Italy
Died: 0347 AD

Archytas was an Ancient Greek astronomer, mathematician, philosopher, strategist, statesman, and music theorist. One of the most important and popular scientists of the Pythagorean school, Archytas is famous for founding mathematical mechanics. Also remembered as a dear friend of Plato, Archytas is also credited by Aulus Gellius with building the first self-propelled flying device which supposedly flew some 200 meters.

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Christos Papadimitriou
(Writer, Mathematician, Computer scientist, University teacher)
Christos Papadimitriou
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Birthdate: August 16, 1949
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Athens

One of the world’s most prominent computer science theorists, Christos Papadimitriou is also a professor at Columbia University. Best known for his research on computational complexity, he has also contributed to areas such as the theory of evolution, game theory, robotics, and economics. He has taught at Harvard, Stanford, and MIT, too.

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Ctesibius of Alexandria
(Inventor, Mathematician)
Ctesibius of Alexandria
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Birthdate: 0285 BC
Birthplace: Alexandria, Egypt
Died: 0222 BC
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Philolaus
(Philosopher)
Philolaus
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Birthdate: 0470 AD
Birthplace: Metaponto
Died: 0385 AD

Greek philosopher Philolaus is considered one of the pillars of the Pythagorean school. He promoted the number theory of Pythagoras and dismissed the theory of geocentrism, supporting the thought that the center of the universe consisted of an unseen Central Fire, around which the Sun, the Earth, and all other planets revolve.

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Theon of Alexandria
(Mathematician)
Theon of Alexandria
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Birthdate: 0335 AD
Birthplace: Roman Empire
Died: 0405 AD

Theon of Alexandria was a Greek mathematician and scholar. He is credited with editing and arranging Euclid's prominent work Elements. He also wrote commentaries on works by Ptolemy and Euclid. Theon of Alexandria's daughter Hypatia also went on to become a famed mathematician.

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Hippias
(Author)
Hippias
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Birthdate: 0443 AD
Birthplace: Elis, Greece
Died: 0399 AD

Greek sophist Hippias of Elis lectured on a wide range of subjects, such as grammar, history, astronomy, politics, and poetry, but is best remembered for his ground-breaking contribution to math. He discovered a curve called quadratrix. However, he finds mention in Plato’s works as an arrogant man.

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Hippocrates of Chios
(Mathematician)
Hippocrates of Chios
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Birthdate: 0470 AD
Birthplace: Chios, Greece
Died: 0410 AD

Greek mathematician Hippocrates of Chios revolutionized geometry and inspired Euclid’s Elements. Initially a merchant, he was looted by pirates. Unsuccessful in bringing them to justice in Athens, he started studying math. He was the first to author a systematic textbook of geometry. He is also known for his work on astronomy.

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Menaechmus
(Mathematician)
Menaechmus
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Birthdate: 0380 AD
Birthplace: Marmara Island, Turkey
Died: 0320 AD

Greek mathematician Menaechmus is best remembered for discovering conic sections, or the concepts of hyperbola, parabola, and ellipse. Well acquainted with Plato, he is also believed to have tutored Alexander the Great. An epigram by Greek polymath Eratosthenes has been the chief record of Menaechmus’s works.

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Dicaearchus
(Philosopher)
Dicaearchus
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Birthdate: 0350 AD
Birthplace: Messina, Italy
Died: 0285 AD

Dicaearchus was a Greek philosopher, author, and geographer who studied under Aristotle in the Lyceum. Dicaearchus wrote on subjects, such as geography, politics, philosophy, and ancient Greek poets. Very few of his works have survived and among them, Life of Greece is considered the most prominent work of his career.

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Menelaus of Alexandria
(Mathematician)
Menelaus of Alexandria
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Birthdate: 0070 AD
Birthplace: Alexandria, Egypt
Died: 0140 AD

Menelaus of Alexandria was a Greek astronomer and mathematician. Sphaerica, his only book to have survived in the form of an Arabic translation, deals with the geometry of the sphere and introduces the concept of spherical triangle. The Arabic version of the book was translated again by Francesco Maurolico, a 16th century mathematician and astronomer.

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Theaetetus
(Mathematician)
Theaetetus
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Birthdate: 0417 AD
Birthplace: Athens, ancient Greece
Died: 0369 AD

Theaetetus was a Greek mathematician whose contributions on irrational lengths, discussed in Book X of Euclid's Elements, are considered his principal work. A good friend of Plato and Socrates, Theaetetus is the main character in Plato's Socratic dialogue, Theaetetus, which deals with the nature of knowledge.

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Eudemus Of Rhodes
(Greek philosopher)
Eudemus Of Rhodes
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Birthdate: 0370 AD
Birthplace: Rhodes, Greece
Died: 0300 AD

Eudemus of Rhodes was a Greek philosopher and one of the most important pupils of Aristotle. Eudemus is also credited with editing many of Aristotle's works and simplifying it to make more easily accessible. Most of his works have not survived and what remain today are citations of his work in the works of other philosophers like Theon of Smyrna.

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Diocles
(Mathematician)
Diocles
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Birthdate: 0240 AD
Birthplace: Karystos, Greece
Died: 0180 AD

Diocles was a Greek geometer and mathematician who is considered the first mathematician to prove a parabola's focal property. In geometry, a cubic plane curve called Cissoid of Diocles is named so in his honor. Although much of his work was destroyed, fragments of his book On burning mirrors went on to influence many Arabic mathematicians, including Ḥasan Ibn al-Haytham. 

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Ammonius Hermiae
(Greek Philosopher, Astronomer and Mathematician)
Ammonius Hermiae
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Birthdate: 0435 AD
Birthplace: Alexandria, Egypt
Died: 0517 AD

Ammonius Hermiae was a Greek philosopher and lecturer best remembered for delivering lectures on the works of imminent personalities like Aristotle, Plato, and Porphyry of Tyre. He also wrote commentaries on Platonic and Aristotelian works. Ammonius Hermiae is also credited with teaching several Neoplatonists like Olympiodorus of Thebes, Damascius, Simplicius of Cilicia, John Philoponus, and Asclepius of Tralles.

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Conon of Samos
(Astronomer)
Conon of Samos
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Birthdate: 0280 AD
Birthplace: Samos, Greece
Died: 0220 AD

Conon of Samos was a Greek mathematician and astronomer best known for naming the constellation Coma Berenices. As a mathematician, Pappus credits Conon of Samos with the discovery of the spiral of Archimedes. Conon is also remembered for his friendship with the popular mathematician, Archimedes. 

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Michael Glycas
(Historian)
Michael Glycas
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Birthdate: 1125 AD
Birthplace: Corfu, Greece
Died: 1204 AD

Byzantine theologian and historian Michael Glycas was from the Greek island of Corfu. Accused of conspiring against emperor Manuel I Komnenos, he was partially blinded and imprisoned but continued to write even while in prison. Verses from Prison and his chronicle remain his best-known works.