This evening I stumbled on the fact that John von Neumann and Fibonacci both have asteroids named after them.

Then I wondered how many more famous mathematicians have asteroids named after them.

As it turns out, most of them.

I wrote a little script to search for the 100 greatest mathematicians (according to James Allen’s list) and look for names missing from a list of named asteroids.

Here are the ones that were missing, in order of greatness.

Alexandre GrothendieckHermann K.

H.

WeylBrahmaguptaAryabhataApolloniusCarl Ludwig SiegelDiophantusMuhammed al-KhowarizmiBhascara (II) AcharyaAlhazen ibn al-HaythamAndrey N.

KolmogorovEudoxusPaniniJakob SteinerHermann G.

GrassmannM.

E.

Camille JordanJean-Pierre SerreAristotleMichael F.

AtiyahAtle SelbergPappusSo of Allen’s top 100 list of mathematicians, 79 have asteroids named after them and the 21 above do not.

Alexandre Grothendieck, is the greatest mathematicianâ€”11th on James Allen’s listâ€”not to have an asteroid named in his honor.

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