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.[1][2][3]

MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive

The History of Mathematics archive was an outgrowth of Mathematical MacTutor system, a HyperCard database by the same authors,[4] which won them the European Academic Software award in 1994. In the same year, they founded their web site. It has since expanded to include biographies of more than 3200 mathematicians and scientists.[5][6]

In 2015, O'Connor and Robertson won the Hirst Prize of the London Mathematical Society for their work.[5][7] The citation for the Hirst Prize calls the archive "the most widely used and influential web-based resource in history of mathematics".[7]

See also



  1. ^ Hughes, Barnabas (July 2007), "St Andrews History of Mathematics Archive", Convergence, Mathematical Association of America
  2. ^ Ellison, J. H. (January–February 1999), "MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive", Choice, 27 (3): 46
  3. ^ Ross, Peter (January 1999), "MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland", The College Mathematics Journal, 30 (1): 69, ProQuest 203934232
  4. ^ "MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive", CM, vol. III, no. 17, Manitoba Library Association, 25 April 1997, archived from the original on 2016-03-03
  5. ^ a b Mulcahy, Colm (19 July 2015), "MacTutor History of Mathematics website creators honoured by LMS", The Aperiodical, archived from the original on 2015-07-20, retrieved 2015-07-19.
  6. ^ "Chronological Biographies Index", MacTutor History of Mathematics archive, retrieved 2024-05-28
  7. ^ a b London Mathematical Society Hirst Prize and Lectureship, University of St Andrews, School of Mathematics and Statistics, 3 July 2015, archived from the original on 2016-12-11, retrieved 2015-07-19.
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