MacTutor History of Mathematics archive

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MacTutor History of Mathematics archive

The MacTutor History of Mathematics archive is a website maintained by John J. O'Connor and Edmund F. Robertson and hosted by the University of St Andrews in Scotland. It contains detailed biographies on many historical and contemporary mathematicians, as well as information on famous curves and various topics in the history of mathematics.


The History of Mathematics archive was an outgrowth of Mathematical MacTutor system, a HyperCard database by the same authors, [1] which won them the European Academic Software award in 1994. In the same year, they founded their web site. As of 2015, it has biographies on over 2800 mathematicians and scientists. [2]

In 2015, O'Connor and Robertson won the Hirst Prize of the London Mathematical Society for their work. [2] [3] The citation for the Hirst Prize calls the archive "the most widely used and influential web-based resource in history of mathematics". [3]

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  1. Review and description of the MacTutor at the CM magazine (Volume III Number 17 April 25, 1997)
  2. 1 2 Mulcahy, Colm (July 19, 2015), "MacTutor History of Mathematics website creators honoured by LMS", The Aperiodical.
  3. 1 2 London Mathematical Society Hirst Prize and Lectureship, University of St Andrews, School of Mathematics and Statistics, July 3, 2015, archived from the original on December 11, 2016, retrieved July 19, 2015.