Most popular biographies

Of our nearly 2800 biographies, those below are the 200 which were consulted most often in the last three months.

These numbers were compiled in March 2018.

The biographies at the top of the list were each accessed up to about 400 times per day, while those near the 200th place were accessed about 20 times per day.

The number in [brackets] was the position last time we carried out this exercise for only the top 100 in 2009 (See THIS LINK).

The biggest improvement was from Avicenna who came from outside the top 100 up to 32nd. Wiles came back into the top 100 and Erdős come up to 38.

Artists were big losers: Dürer dropped from 33rd to 158th and Leonardo da Vinci went from 15th to 121st. Hubble went from 75th to outside the top 200.

  1.  Ramanujan [8]
  2.  Pythagoras [1]
  3.  Hawking [17]
  4.  Fibonacci [10]
  5.  Newton [2]
  6.  Euclid [5]
  7.  Ptolemy [9]
  8.  Gauss [11]
  9.  Galileo [3]
  10.  Euler [7]
  11.  Al-Khwarizmi [23]
  12.  Nash [25]
  13.  Kepler [22]
  14.  Hypatia [47]
  15.  Archimedes [4]
  16.  Leibniz [21]
  17.  Cantor [32]
  18.  Riemann [40]
  19.  Al-Biruni [70]
  20.  Pascal [6]
  21.  Descartes [16]
  22.  von Neumann [36]
  23.  Aristotle [14]
  24.  Dodgson [65]
  25.  Eratosthenes [20]
  1.  Lagrange [41]
  2.  Germain [48]
  3.  Copernicus [19]
  4.  Fourier [54]
  5.  Einstein [13]
  6.  Hilbert [42]
  7.  Avicenna
  8.  Al-Haytham [93]
  9.  Pacioli [91]
  10.  Thales [35]
  11.  Galois [57]
  12.  Wiles
  13.  Erdős
  14.  Laplace [38]
  15.  Brahmagupta [58]
  16.  Fermat [24]
  17.  Plato [26]
  18.  Somerville
  19.  Cardan [80]
  20.  McAfee
  21.  Diophantus [62]
  22.  Feynman
  23.  Napier [29]
  24.  Tao
  25.  Katherine Johnson
  1.  Hardy [85]
  2.  Hamilton [92]
  3.  Cauchy [45]
  4.  Khayyam [46]
  5.  Brunelleschi [28]
  6.  Heron [55]
  7.  Turing [59]
  8.  Bhaskara II [82]
  9.  Panini
  10.  Poincaré [53]
  11.  Cartwright
  12.  Tarski
  13.  Chatelet
  14.  Nightingale [12]
  15.  Blackwell [60]
  16.  Hipparchus [76]
  17.  Kaprekar
  18.  Maxwell [30]
  19.  Grothendieck
  20.  Boole [49]
  21.  Lovelace [37]
  22.  Abel [73]
  23.  Emmy Noether [69]
  24.  Aryabhata I [18]
  25.  Jacob Bernoulli [83]
  1.  Escher [61]
  2.  Schrödinger [43]
  3.  Hopper [100]
  4.  Eudoxus
  5.  Kovalevskaya [67]
  6.  Mandelbrot [84]
  7.  Wallis [87]
  8.  Boyle [39]
  9.  Cayley
  10.  Fisher
  11.  Halley [50]
  12.  Russell
  13.  Apollonius [64]
  14.  Daniel Bernoulli [44]
  15.  Kirchhoff
  16.  Eells
  17.  Boltzmann
  18.  Penrose
  19.  Agnesi [71]
  20.  Planck
  21.  Aristarchus [72]
  22.  Varahamihira
  23.  Sridhara
  24.  Ohm [52]
  25.  Taylor

  1.  Klein
  2.  Babbage [27]
  3.  Ampère [56]
  4.  Brahe [90]
  5.  Gödel [74]
  6.  Bassi
  7.  Jacobi [86]
  8.  Faraday [63]
  9.  Huygens [79]
  10.  Cavalieri
  11.  Coulomb [78]
  12.  Doppler [68]
  13.  Joan Clarke
  14.  Johann Bernoulli
  15.  Keynes
  16.  Weierstrass [99]
  17.  Browne
  18.  Dirac
  19.  Hooke [34]
  20.  Sylvester
  21.  Leonardo da Vinci [15]
  22.  Polya [95]
  23.  Democritus [31]
  24.  Jones
  25.  d'Alembert
  1.  Fagnano Giovanni
  2.  Legendre
  3.  Eddington [94]
  4.  Al-Kindi
  5.  Mersenne
  6.  Schwarzschild
  7.  Thomson [66]
  8.  Baudhayana
  9.  Niels Bohr [96]
  10.  Whitehead
  11.  Tartaglia
  12.  Al-Tusi Nasir
  13.  Ernest Wilkins
  14.  Kolmogorov
  15.  Weyl
  16.  Mahalanobis
  17.  Minkowski
  18.  Herschel
  19.  De Morgan
  20.  Dirichlet
  21.  Dedekind
  22.  Julia Robinson
  23.  Möbius
  24.  Stokes
  25.  Perelman
  1.  Conway
  2.  Landau
  3.  Banneker [51]
  4.  Torricelli [81]
  5.  Hermite
  6.  Viéte [89]
  7.  Knuth
  8.  Dürer [33]
  9.  Harish-Chandra
  10.  Condorcet
  11.  Liu Hui
  12.  Brouwer
  13.  Abbott
  14.  Witten
  15.  Rao
  16.  Pearson
  17.  Sierpinski
  18.  Halmos
  19.  Helmholtz
  20.  Theodorus
  21.  Theon
  22.  Borel
  23.  de Moivre [97]
  24.  Caroline Herschel
  25.  Abraham
  1.  Venn
  2.  Stevin
  3.  Mirzakhani
  4.  Hobbes
  5.  Zeno of Elea
  6.  Clausius
  7.  Heisenberg
  8.  Lie
  9.  Poisson
  10.  Cohen
  11.  Littlewood
  12.  de L'Hôpital
  13.  Thabit
  14.  Lambert
  15.  Simpson
  16.  Cassini
  17.  Shannon
  18.  Al-Battani
  19.  Wren
  20.  Anaxagoras
  21.  Cramer
  22.  Hippocrates
  23.  Banach
  24.  Briggs
  25.  Kronecker


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