17th January

Mathematicians who were born or died on 17th January


Mathematicians born on this day:

1647 : Elisabetha Koopman
1706 : Benjamin Franklin
1847 : Nikolai Egorovich Zhukovskii
1858 : Gabriel Koenigs
1868 : Louis Couturat
1889 : Ralph Fowler
1900 : Edward Collingwood
1905 : D R Kaprekar
1913 : Shaun Wylie
1918 : Ivan Vidav
1930 : James Ezeilo

Mathematicians who died on this day:

1618 : Luca Valerio
1775 : Vincenzo Riccati
1881 : Humphrey Lloyd
1911 : Francis Galton
1954 : Leonard Dickson

Posters available   (Click on a link below)

Francis Galton Leonard Dickson Elisabetha Koopman


A quotation for today

Francis Galton (1822 - 1911)

[Statistics are] the only tools by which an opening may be cut through the formidable thicket of difficulties that bars the path of those who pursue the Science of Man.

Quoted in K Pearson, The Life, Letters and Labours of Francis Galton (London 1914)

Another quotation by one of today's mathematicians


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University of St Andrews, Scotland