Erdős, Paul

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Erdős, Paul Gender: M
born on 26 March 1913
Place Budapest, Hungary, 47n30, 19e05
Timezone MET h1e (is standard time)
Data source
Date w/o time
Rodden Rating X
Collector: Starkman
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Paul Erdős (at a student seminar in Budapest, Autumn 1992)
photo: Topsy Kretts, license gfdl


Hungarian mathematician who worked with hundreds of collaborators, pursuing problems in combinatorics, graph theory, number theory, classical analysis, approximation theory, set theory, and probability theory. He was also known for his eccentric personality. Possessions meant little to Erdős; most of his belongings would fit in a suitcase, as dictated by his itinerant lifestyle. Awards and other earnings were generally donated to people in need and various worthy causes. He spent most of his life as a vagabond, traveling between scientific conferences and the homes of colleagues all over the world.

Erdős was one of the most prolific publishers of papers in mathematical history, comparable only with Leonhard Euler; Erdős published more papers, mostly in collaboration with other mathematicians, while Euler published more pages, mostly by himself. Erdős wrote around 1,525 mathematical articles in his lifetime, mostly with co-authors. He strongly believed in and practiced mathematics as a social activity, having 511 different collaborators in his lifetime

On 20 September 1996, at the age of 83, he had a heart attack and died while attending a conference in Warsaw. He never married and had no children

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • associate relationship with Rado, Richard (born 28 April 1906). Notes: "Erdős–Rado theorem", "Erdős–Ko–Rado theorem"


Source Notes

Birth time unknown. Starkman rectified it to 16.50.12 CET


  • Traits : Personality : Eccentric
  • Vocation : Science : Mathematics/ Statistics
  • Notable : Extraordinary Talents : For Numbers
  • Notable : Famous : Notable extremes
  • Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession