Scientists » Mathematicians » JOHN VON NEUMANN
|Full name||: John von Neumann|
|Alias||: John von Neumann|
|Animals||: The Rabbit|
|Father||: Neumann Miksa|
|Mother||: Kann Margit|
|Wife||: Klara Dan|
|Children||: Marina von Neumann Whitman|
|Education||: University of Budapest ETH Zurich|
John von Neumann was a famous Hungarian-American mathematician, who is still revered for his unparalleled contributions to disciplines like mathematics, science, economics and many more. Born in a wealthy family to Jewish parents, he was a child prodigy, exhibiting great analytic and computing skills. He was able to divide eight - digit numbers in mind in very early ages, which proves his great analytical and computing skills. He was a passionate learner and was interested in many subjects like physics, economics, statistics, history etc., apart from mathematics. He was a prominent member of the Manhattan Project and the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. His unusual abilities astonished many great personalities like mathematician Jean Dieudonné Peter Lax, Hans Bethe etc. Hans Bethe once said, “I have sometimes wondered whether a brain like von Neumann's does not indicate a species superior to that of man". Read through this biography to know more about the career and life of this genius.
John von Neumann was born in Budapest, the capital city of Hungary, on 28 December 1903. He was the elder son of Neumann Miksa and Kann Margit. The nature of the numbers and the mathematical logic induced interest in him at a very early age. However, mathematics was not the only subject which fascinated him; Neumann was greatly interested in history as well that he went through forty four volumes of universal history at an early age of eight. This indicated that Neumann found comfort dealing with both logical and social areas. He was fortunate enough to have very supportive parents, who stood by his interests. In 1914, at the age of ten, he joined the Lutheran Gymnasium, one among the three best organizations in Budapest. He published his first paper in the Journal of the German Mathematical Society in 1922, which dealt with the zeros of certain minimal polynomials.
During the time from 1927-1929, after Neumann formulated the quantum mechanics, he attended extensive conferences and colloquia. By 1929, he wrote about 32 papers in German. These papers were was well-organized so that the other mathematicians could incorporate Neumann’s works into their theories. By this time, he became famous in the academic world, owing to his creative yet new ideas. By the end of 1929, he was offered a post of lecturer at Princeton in America. It was during the same time, when he married Mariette Kovesi, his childhood friend. In 1935, Mariette gave birth to a girl child, Marina. The marital relationship did not last long; they separated in 1936. Mariette went back to Budapest and Neumann drifted around Europe for a brief period and returned to United States. He met Klari Dan on his way to Budapest and married her in 1938