The Mathematics Genealogy Project and my ancestors

A few years ago, I discovered the Mathematics Genealogy Project, which lists many scientists and their supervisor-student relations. This allows to draw ‘‘genealogy trees’’ where ‘‘parents’’ are actually the Ph.D. supervisors of the ‘‘child’’. I somehow forgot about that until a recent conversation with Sébastien Konieczny (one of my Ph.D. supervisors) and Ramon Pino-Perez (Sébastien’s supervisor, so my ‘‘academic grand-father).

This conducted me to some research on the genealogy project, to discover that Pierre Marquis and Sylvie Coste-Marquis (my other two supervisors) were both supervised by Jean-Paul Haton, and unfortunately there is no information regarding his academic ancestors, so I cannot go further in the past from him. But Ramon already had some information about his genealogic tree, and so, of course, mine!

The details are here, but I can still give some interesting information about my most famous ancestors:

- Michel Chasles (1793-1880), known for Chasles’ theorem,
- Siméon Denis Poisson (1781-1840), known for the Poisson distribution,
- Joseph-Louis Lagrange (1736-1813), known for variational calculus,
- Pierre-Simon de Laplace (1749-1827), known for the Laplace transform and Laplace’s equation,
- Leonhard Euler (1707-1783), known for some many contributions in mathematics that I won’t make a list,
- Jean le Rond d’Alembert (1717-1783), known for d’Alembert’s formula and the Encyclopédie,
- Johann Bernoulli (1667-1748), known for Bernoulli’s rule and the Sophomore’s dream,
- Jacob Bernoulli (1655-1705) known for Bernoulli differential equation.