1903 – Von Neumann

John von Neumann was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1903 and was a mathematician. He did work with logic, set theory, quantum theory and statistical mechanics. His work on fixed point theorems led others to later accumulate three Nobel prizes in the area.

He was an expert in explosion hydrodynamics and worked on the “Manhattan Project” which developed the atomic bomb. He later made key contributions to the development of the hydrogen bomb.

Von Neumann made contributions to operator algebras in topology, permutation groups and is known for greatly expanding game theory. His work with game theory led him to the foundations of computer science and he created the field now known as cellular automata. His development of statistics was responsible for modern econometric methodology.

PRECURSOR:
-0325 – Euclid
1623 – Pascal
1862 – Hilbert
1871 – Borel
1879 – Einstein

CONCURRENT:
1885 – Weyl
1887 – Schroedinger
1901 – Fermi
1901 – Heisenberg
1902 – Dirac
1902 – Morgenstern
1902 – Wigner
1904 – Oppenheimer
1906 – Godel
1908 – Teller
1909 – Ulam
1911 – Fuchs

SUBSEQUENT:
1916 – Shannon
1921 – Arrow
1921 – Debreu
1928 – Nash
1928 – Bell
1937 – Conway
1938 – Knuth
1947 – Aspect

SEE ALSO:
Cellular Automata

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