Hua Luogeng

Mathematician, Academic

1910 – 1985

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Who was Hua Luogeng?

Hua Luogeng was a Chinese mathematician famous for his important contributions to number theory and for his role as the leader of mathematics research and education in the People's Republic of China. He was largely responsible for identifying and nurturing the renowned mathematician Chen Jingrun who proved Chen's theorem, the best known result on the Goldbach conjecture. In addition, Hua's later work on mathematical optimization and operations research made an enormous impact on China's economy.

Hua did not receive a formal university education. Although awarded several honorary PhDs, he never got a formal degree from any university. In fact, his formal education only consisted of six years of primary school and three years of middle school. For that reason, Dr. Xiong Qinglai, after reading one of Hua's early papers, was amazed by Hua's mathematical talent, and in 1931 Xiong invited him to study mathematics at Tsinghua University. It is also for this reason that Hua has been referred to by some as the Ramanujan of China.

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Born
Nov 12, 1910
Jintan
Also known as
  • Luogeng Hua
Nationality
  • China
Profession
Employment
  • Tsinghua University
Died
Jun 12, 1985
Tokyo

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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