I coined the phrase "Academic Blue Blood" to describe someone that has a good set of academic genes. Like a family tree where ancestors can be traced, this process can be used for people that share common fields of study.  I call myself a blue blood because my family made enormous contributions to mathematics and physics that impact our daily activities. 

The Mathematics Genealogy Project is a database of mathematicians dating back more than six centuries.  The data has been gathered, verified and maintained by the North Dakota State University (NDSU) Department of Mathematics, in association with the American Mathematical Society.

A Rich Legacy of Math & Science

TRINA L CHRISTIAN

TRINA L CHRISTIAN

2001 Hampton University, United States

KHIN MAUNG MAUNG

KHIN MAUNG MAUNG

1985 Kent State University, United States

PETER TANDY

PETER TANDY

1972, Flinders University of South Australia

IAN ELLERY McCARTHY

IAN ELLERY McCARTHY

1955 University of Adelaide, Australia

HERBERT SIDNEY GREEN

HERBERT SIDNEY GREEN

1947 University of Edinburgh, Great Britain

MAX BORN

MAX BORN

1907 Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany

CARL DAVID TOLME' RUNGE

CARL DAVID TOLME' RUNGE

1880 Universität Berlin, Germany

ERNST EDUARD KUMMER

ERNST EDUARD KUMMER

1831 Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg, Germany

HEINRICH FERDINAND SCHERK

HEINRICH FERDINAND SCHERK

1823 Universität Berlin, Germany

FRIEDRICH WILHELM BESSEL

FRIEDRICH WILHELM BESSEL

1810 Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany

CARL FRIEDRICH GAUSS

CARL FRIEDRICH GAUSS

1799 Universität Helmstedt, Germany

ADVISOR & STUDENT

ADVISOR & STUDENT

2014 Hampton, VA, United States

Without Math, there is no Science

Mathematics is the common link between these researchers. Some of them, such as Bessel and Runge, are known for major mathematical breakthroughs and have widely used equations bearing their names.   Others such as Born and Gauss achieved notoriety as both mathematicians and physicists.  The pioneering work that these scholars did made it possible for many other advancements in science.  My advisor, Khin Maung Maung and some of his colleagues formulated an equation bearing their names that dealt with high energy particle interactions.  The Kahana, Maung, Norbury equation was the catalyst for my dissertation research.

CARL FRIEDRICH GAUSS

1799 Universität Helmstedt, Germany