Benjamin Kuipers
Computer Science and Engineering Division,
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department,
University of Michigan.
- B.A. in Mathematics, Swarthmore College, 1970.
- Ph.D. in Mathematics, MIT, 1977.
Academic Genealogy
One's doctoral advisor is one's academic parent.
- Benjamin Kuipers (MIT, 1977)
- Marvin Minsky (Princeton, 1954)
"[Albert] Tucker was official thesis advisor. But he was mainly a topologist, and
[John] Tukey was the faculty member with closest interests in my work.
John von Neumann at the IAS was the one who convinced them that
my
neural net theories would be important in the future.
But actually it was Lloyd Shapley, a fellow graduate student
and a world-class game-theorist, who actually read the thesis in detail.
So, really, the 'academic genealogy' is conceptually somewhat defective."
- Albert Tucker (Princeton, 1932)
- Solomon Lefschetz (Clark U., 1911)
- William Edward Story (Leipzig, 1875)
- C. Felix Klein (Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, 1868)
- Rudolf Lipschitz (Berlin, 1853)
- Gustav Dirichlet (Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, 1827)
- Simeon Poisson and Jean-Baptiste Fourier
- Joseph Lagrange (mentored by Euler, from about 1754)
- Leonhard Euler (Basel, 1726)
- Johann Bernoulli (1694)
- Jacob Bernoulli
- Gottfried Leibniz (Altdorf, 1666)
- Erhard Weigel (Leipzig, 1650)
Here's a branch through another advisor of William Edward Story:
- William Edward Story (Leipzig, 1875)
- Carl Gottfried Neumann (Konigsberg, 1856)
- Friedrich Julius Richelot (Konigsberg, 1831)
- Karl Gustaf Jacob Jacobi (Berlin, 1825)
- Enno Heeren Dirksen (Göttingen, 1820)
- Johann Tobias Meyer d.J. (Göttingen, 1773)
- Abraham Gotthelf Kästner (Leipzig, 1739)
- Christian August Hausen (Halle-Wittenberg, 1713)
- Johann Christoph Wichmannshausen (Leipzig, 1685)
- Otto Mencke
This branch, through another advisor of Felix Klein, includes Gauss and
links back to Kästner:
- C. Felix Klein (Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, 1868)
- Julius Plücker (Philipps-Universität, Marburg, 1823)
- Christian Gerling (Georg-August-Universität, Göttingen, 1812)
- Carl Friedrich Gauss (Helmstedt, 1799)
- Johann Friedrich Pfaff (Georg-August-Universität, Göttingen, 1786)
- Abraham Kästner (Leipzig, 1739)
- ...
The source for this is the
Mathematics Genealogy Project.
(With a previous version, I had written:
"At one point, I was very excited to think that Gauss was one of my
direct academic ancestors, but alas updated information suggests that
he is only my ninth cousin, seven times removed, with common ancestor
Abraham Kästner. A lot of Minsky's descendents still have the
Gauss ancestry listed. If MGP changes their mind, I'll happily
change it back." So they did, and I have.)
(Thanks also to information gleaned from academic genealogy listings for
theoretical computer science and
AI, and for personal academic genealogies
created by
Eric Paulos
and
Haym Hirsh.)
See this page for my academic descendants.
Erdos Number
At most 5.
Benjamin Kuipers -- Sebastian Thrun -- Daphne Koller -- Nimrod Megiddo -- Miklos Ajtai -- Paul Erdos.
At most 4.
Benjamin Kuipers -- Karl J. Astrom
(Erdos number 3).
At most 3.
Benjamin Kuipers -- Andrew B. Whinston
(Erdos number 2).
BJK