Who’s (the daddy of) your daddy?

what an erudite tree

You’re a mathematics student? Ever wondered who is the advisor of your advisor? Or are you interested in history of mathematicians? Then this website is for you.

The Mathematics Genealogy Project is a database project which mission is to compile information about all mathematicians in the world~or at least those who already received their Doctoral degree. In this website you can find the following info about a mathematician:

#       The complete name of the degree recipient
#       The name of the university which awarded the degree
#       The year in which the degree was awarded
#       The complete title of the dissertation
#       The complete name(s) of the advisor(s)

So if you search for the name of your advisor for instance, you can find all those information above~hopefully, since the record may not be complete. I tried inputting some names and every time it works just fine. Moreover, you can continue to trace the ancestry line to many generations above. For example, I did a search and a trace on David Hilbert on this website and if there are two or more advisors I will go on with the trace only from advisor1 side. Here is the result:

Friedrich  Leibniz
|
Jakob  Thomasius
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Otto  Mencke
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Johann Christoph Wichmannshausen
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Christian August Hausen
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Abraham Gotthelf Kästner
|
Johann Friedrich Pfaff
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Carl Friedrich Gauß
|
Christian Ludwig Gerling
|
Julius  Plücker
|
C. Felix (Christian) Klein
|
C. L. Ferdinand (Carl Louis) Lindemann
|
David  Hilbert
|

Nice huh 😉 Also, if you can find your name on the website, you can order a poster of your own academic genealogy skeleton. Explore the web database by yourself, it’s actually kinda fun 😀

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