Paul Erdős facts for kids
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Paul Erdős



Born  March 26, 1913 
Died  September 20, 1996 
Nationality  Hungarian 
Alma mater  University of Pázmány Péter 
Known for  Combinatorics Graph theory Number theory 
Awards  Wolf Prize (1983/84) AMS Cole Prize (1951) 
Scientific career  
Fields  Mathematics 
Institutions  Princeton Purdue Notre Dame Then itinerant 
Doctoral advisor  Leopold Fejér 
Doctoral students  Bonifac Donat Joseph Kruskal Alexander Soifer 
Notes  
Note that he has an Erdős number of zero.

Paul Erdős, also Pál Erdős, in English Paul Erdos or Paul Erdös (March 26, 1913 – September 20, 1996), was a famous Hungarianborn mathematician. He worked with hundreds of mathematicians on problems in combinatorics, graph theory, number theory, classical analysis, approximation theory, set theory, and probability theory.
Erdős number
Because he wrote so many articles, friends created Erdős number. Erdős has a number of 0 (for being himself), and his direct collaborators were given the number 1. Their collaborators were given a number of 2, an so on.
The Erdős number was most likely first defined by Casper Goffman, a mathematician whose Erdős number is 1.
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Erdős influenced many young mathematicians. In this 1985 photo taken at the University of Adelaide, Erdős explains a problem to Terence Tao—who was 10 years old at the time. Tao received the Fields Medal in 2006, and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2007.