Opinion 157: Ninety is the New Forty for Quite a Few Mathematicians

By Doron Zeilberger

Written: Feb. 7, 2017

G.H. Hardy famously (and stupidly!) said that `Mathematics is a young man's game'. I don't know how he defined young, but if you define it as `under one hundred years old', then he may have been right.

Here are some examples, of people that I know personally, in decreasing age

I am sure that there exist many other examples. I know quite a few female mathematicians in their late seventies that are still publishing, but if you know of any one over 85-years-old who published a paper last year, I'll be glad to add her to the above very partial list.

Added Feb. 23, 2017: Martin Andler kindly informed me that Yvonne Choquet-Bruhat, born in 1923, has two 2015 entries in Mathscinet, and several in 2011.

Added April 18, 2017: Read interesting comments by Igor Pak.

Added June 17, 2019: Igor Rivin pointed out that 92-year-old Joan Birman has a paper published in 2016.

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