Academic genealogy

An academic genealogy tree creates a sort of family tree of dissertation-advisor relationships. I had two dissertation chairs, Gautam Kaul and Vikram Nanda, both of whom studied at the University of Chicago. Through Gautam, I’m the “intellectual grandson” of efficient-market advocate Eugene Fama. Beyond Fama, my academic genealogy includes a number of major mathematicians, a saint, a count-mathematician (!) and a famous humanist.

My academic genealogy, according to the Mathematical Genealogy Project (my intellectual forebearers all seem to have wikpedia pages): 1. William W. Jennings, 2a. Gautam Kaul, 3. Eugene Fama, 4. Benoit Mandelbrot, 5. Paul Pierre Levy, 6a. Jaques Hadamard, 7. Gaston Darboux, 8. Michel Chasles, 9. Simeon Denis Poisson, 10a. Pierre-Simon Leplace, 10b. Joseph Louis Lagrange, 11. Leonhard Euler, 12. Johann Bernoulli, 13a. Jacob Bernouli, 14. Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, 15a. Erhard Weigel, 15b. Christiaan Huygens, 16. Frans van Schooten Jr, 17a. Jacobus Golius, 18. Willebrord Snellius, 19. Rudolph Snellius, 20. Valentine Naibod, 21. Erasmus Reinhold, 22. Jakob Milich, 23. Desiderius Erasmus, 24a. Alexander Hegius von Heek, and 25a. Thomas a Kempis. (If someone had two advisors, as I did, the next level includes a “#a” reference. No intent to slight my other advisor, Vik Nanda, I just don’t recall who his advisor was.)
© William W. Jennings 1999-2016