Named a branch of mathematics by coopting technical terms from the respected medical profession. His own name gave rise to the word 'algorithm'.

Killed after asking a soldier not to disturb his circles.

Nonexistent French mathematician who wrote the influential 'Elements of Mathematics'

Responsible for centuries of puzzles about the age of fictitious persons.

Wrote 'Alice in Wonderland' between math theorems.

Itinerant mathematician living out of his suitcase.

Neither blindness nor many children could keep him from being extremely productive.

Did not write down a proof because the margin was too small.

Died in a duel at the age of 20 after writing down the mathematical theory that made him famous.

His wastepaper basket was said to be the second-greatest mathematician of Germany.

Used the pseudonym Monsieur LeBlanc to be taken seriously.

Fled the Nazis, then almost failed the US citizenship exam by pointing out a logical inconsistency in the US constitution.

Said to have been drowned for his discovery of irrational numbers.

Bought mathematical results to publish them under his own name.

Murdered by a Christian sect that did not like mathematics.

Married to be allowed to leave Russia and study at a German university.

Said to have written the first computer program,

Said to be responsible for the nonexistence of a Nobel prize for mathematics.

Used statistics in her life's mission after coming back from the Crimea.

Tried to introduce his student Gauß to classical music, but was rewarded with the question: 'But what theorem does it prove?'

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