Mathematicians Who Died Under Unfortunate or Unfitting circumstances


This page features a collection of mathematicians who died under unfortunate or unfitting circumstances.

Évariste Galois

1811-1832 (20, killed) Presumably the youngest to qualify for inclusion on this list, Galois died at a meagre 20 years. He was shot in the stomach, and a full day later died, in hospital. The circumstances surrounding his death are not entirely known, only that he was killed in a duel. Speculation tends to indicate that the duel was motivated either by a matter related to his involvement with the radical Républicain movement, or by conflict arising from a romantic entanglement. The duel occurred only a month after his release from a six-month incarceration stemming from his disrutpive political activities. Having predicted defeat, Galois jotted down what would become his mathematical legacy, on the eve of the duel. Sadly, his last words were: “Ne pleure pas, Alfred! J’ai besoin de tout mon courage pour mourir à vingt ans!”

ERC: Meet Poppy!


Highlight:Meet Poppy,the 3-D printed robot set to inspire innovation in classrooms
Written in cooperation with Inria, France
European Research Council (ERC) grantee Dr Pierre-Yves Oudeyer, is today presenting the first complete open-source 3D printed humanoid robot, called “Poppy” (@poppy_project). Poppy is a robot that anybody can build– its body is 3D printed and its behaviour programmed by the user. However, it is not just a tool for scientists and computer “geeks”– the team of developers aims to use the robot as part of vocational training in schools, giving students the opportunity to experiment and program 3D printed robots with various characteristics.