Type of site | academic genealogy |
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Available in | English |

Owner | Minnesota State University (1997–2002) North Dakota State University (2003–present) |

Created by | Harry Coonce |

Key people | Mitchel T. Keller |

URL | mathgenealogy |

Commercial | No |

Launched | October 1997^{ [1] } |

The **Mathematics Genealogy Project** (**MGP**) is a web-based database for the academic genealogy of mathematicians.^{ [2] }^{ [3] }^{ [4] }As of 1 December 2023,^{ [update] } it contained information on 300,152 mathematical scientists who contributed to research-level mathematics. For a typical mathematician, the project entry includes graduation year, thesis title (in its Mathematics Subject Classification), * alma mater *, doctoral advisor, and doctoral students.^{ [2] }^{ [5] }

The project grew out of founder Harry Coonce's desire to know the name of his advisor's advisor.^{ [2] }^{ [3] } Coonce was Professor of Mathematics at Minnesota State University, Mankato, at the time of the project's founding, and the project went online there in fall 1997.^{ [1] } Coonce retired from Mankato in 1999, and in fall 2002 the university decided that it would no longer support the project. The project relocated at that time to North Dakota State University. Since 2003, the project has also operated under the auspices of the American Mathematical Society and in 2005 it received a grant from the Clay Mathematics Institute.^{ [2] }^{ [4] } Harry Coonce has been assisted by Mitchel T. Keller, Assistant Professor at Morningside College. Keller is currently the Managing Director of the project.^{ [6] }

The Mathematics Genealogy Mission statement: "Throughout this project when we use the word 'mathematics' or 'mathematician' we mean that word in a very inclusive sense.^{ [1] } Thus, all relevant data from statistics, computer science, philosophy or operations research is welcome."^{ [7] }

The genealogy information is obtained from sources such as *Dissertation Abstracts International* and *Notices of the American Mathematical Society*, but may be supplied by anyone via the project's website.^{ [4] }^{ [8] } The searchable database contains the name of the mathematician, university which awarded the degree, year when the degree was awarded, title of the dissertation, names of the advisor and second advisor, a flag of the country where the degree was awarded, a listing of doctoral students, and a count of academic descendants.^{ [2] } Some historically significant figures who lacked a doctoral degree are listed, notably Joseph-Louis Lagrange.^{ [9] }

It has been noted that "the data collected by the mathematics genealogy project are self-reported, so there is no guarantee that the observed genealogy network is a complete description of the mentorship network. In fact, 16,147 mathematicians do not have a recorded mentor, and of these, 8,336 do not have any recorded proteges."^{ [10] } Maimgren, Ottino and Amaral (2010) stated that "for [mathematicians who graduated between 1900 and 1960] we believe that the graduation and mentorship record is the most reliable."^{ [10] }

**Richard Alfred Tapia** is an American mathematician and University Professor at Rice University in Houston, Texas, the university's highest academic title. In 2011, President Obama awarded Tapia the National Medal of Science. He is currently the Maxfield and Oshman Professor of Engineering; Associate Director of Graduate Studies, Office of Research and Graduate Studies; and Director of the Center for Excellence and Equity in Education at Rice University.

**Mihailo Petrović Alas**, was a Serbian mathematician and inventor. He was also a distinguished professor at Belgrade University, an academic, fisherman, philosopher, writer, publicist, musician, businessman, traveler and volunteer in the Balkan Wars, the First and Second World Wars. He was a student of Henri Poincaré, Paul Painlevé, Charles Hermite and Émile Picard. Petrović contributed significantly to the study of differential equations and phenomenology, founded engineering mathematics in Serbia, and invented one of the first prototypes of a hydraulic analog computer.

An **academic genealogy** organizes a family tree of scientists and scholars according to mentoring relationships, often in the form of dissertation supervision relationships, and not according to genetic relationships as in conventional genealogy. Since the term *academic genealogy* has now developed this specific meaning, its additional use to describe a more academic approach to conventional genealogy would be ambiguous, so the description scholarly genealogy is now generally used in the latter context.

**Joseph Bishop Keller** was an American mathematician who specialized in applied mathematics. He was best known for his work on the "geometrical theory of diffraction" (GTD).

**Andrew John Casson** FRS is a mathematician, studying geometric topology. Casson is the Philip Schuyler Beebe Professor of Mathematics at Yale University.

**David Melville "Doc" Smith** was an American professor and mathematician at the Georgia Institute of Technology. During his more than forty years at the school, he was particularly known for his teaching style and personality. Georgia Tech's D. M. Smith Building, which has housed numerous academic departments, is named in his honor.

**George C. Papanicolaou** is a Greek-American mathematician who specializes in applied and computational mathematics, partial differential equations, and stochastic processes. He is currently the Robert Grimmett Professor in Mathematics at Stanford University.

**Harry Bernard Coonce** is an American mathematician notable for being the originator of the now-popular Mathematics Genealogy Project, launched in 1996, a web-based catalog of mathematics doctoral advisors and students.

**Luís A. N. Amaral** is a Portuguese physicist recognized for his research in complex systems and complex networks. His specific research interests include the emergence, evolution, and stability of complex social and biological systems. He is best known for his work in network classification and cartographic methods for uncovering the organization of complex networks. He is currently professor at McCormick School of Engineering and Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University.

**Mohammed Salah Baouendi** was a Tunisian-American mathematician who worked as a Distinguished Professor of Mathematics at the University of California, San Diego. His research concerned partial differential equations and the theory of several complex variables.

**Vyjayanthi Chari** is an Indian–American Distinguished Professor and the F. Burton Jones Endowed Chair for Pure Mathematics at the University of California, Riverside, known for her research in representation theory and quantum algebra. In 2015 she was elected as a fellow of the American Mathematical Society.

**Theodore William Gamelin** is an American mathematician. He is a professor emeritus of mathematics at the University of California, Los Angeles.

**Mary Elizabeth Flahive** is a professor of mathematics at Oregon State University. Her research interests are in number theory; she is the author of two books on difference equations and Diophantine approximation, and is also interested in the geometry of numbers and algebraic coding theory.

**Carla Denise Cotwright-Williams** is an American mathematician who works as a Technical Director and Data Scientist for the United States Department of Defense. She was the second African-American woman to earn a doctorate in mathematics at the University of Mississippi.

**Richard Eugene Barlow** is an American mathematician and mathematical statistician, who is considered with Frank Proschan as the founder of modern reliability theory. He was a professor at the University of California, Berkeley from 1963 until his retirement in 1999.

**Victoria Ann Powers** is an American mathematician specializing in algebraic geometry and known for her work on positive polynomials and on the mathematics of electoral systems. She is a professor in the department of mathematics at Emory University.

**Zdzisław Józef Porosiński** was a Polish mathematician and statistician.

**Frances Ellen Baker** (1902–1995) was an American mathematician who became a professor of mathematics and chair of the mathematics department at Vassar College.

**Leila Ann Dragonette Bram** was an American mathematician. She was one of the first to study mock theta functions, and for many years directed the mathematics program at the Office of Naval Research, a position where she set the program for much of mathematics research.

**Michael Anthony "Mike" Hill** is an American mathematician known for his research in topology. He is a professor at the University of California, Los Angeles. Together with Michael J. Hopkins and Douglas Ravenel, he received the American Mathematical Society's Oswald Veblen Prize in Geometry in 2022 for the paper "On the nonexistence of elements of Kervaire invariant one."

- 1 2 3 Mulcahy, Colm; The Mathematics Genealogy Project Comes of Age at Twenty-one (PDF) AMS Notices (May 2017)
- 1 2 3 4 5 Jackson, Allyn (2007), "A labor of love: the Mathematics Genealogy Project" (PDF),
*Notices of the American Mathematical Society*,**54**(8): 1002–1003. - 1 2 Carr, Sarah (August 18, 1999), "Retired Mathematician Develops a Family Tree of the Scholars in His Field",
*The Chronicle of Higher Education*. - 1 2 3 Worth, Fred (2006), "A Report on the Mathematics Genealogy Project" (PDF),
*MAA FOCUS*,**26**(8): 40–41. - ↑ Mathematics Genealogy Project
- ↑ MGP News
- ↑ Mission Statement, The Mathematics Genealogy Project
- ↑ Where do you get your data?, Mathematics Genealogy FAQ, retrieved March 28, 2010.
- ↑ Joseph Lagrange, "We show a link to Euler to show a connection in our intellectual heritage. (hbc)", The Mathematics Genealogy Project
- 1 2 Maimgren, R. D.; Ottino, J. M.; Amaral, L. A. (2010). "The Role of Mentorship in Protege Performance".
*Nature*.**465**(7298): 622–626. arXiv: 1006.2312 . Bibcode:2010Natur.465..622M. doi:10.1038/nature09040. PMC 6697046 . PMID 20520715.

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