December 23, 2015
The research lab I work at has a poster showing the academic family tree of my mentor. I was inspired in part by that to investigate my own academic genealogy. And here is the result of a couple of hours spent online trying to trace my academic genealogy. I have skipped a few generations past the 18th century and shown certain famous names because before 18th century, the distinction between Ph.D. advisors, mentors and “influencers” in general was rather diffuse. The scientific tradition eventually traces back to Constantinople in the 11th century. One could argue that the distinction between science, philosophy and theology was rather vague in the medieval era. And so, in principal, the academic tree can be traced back to the various monasteries of Europe. However I have not followed that path. Much of the data here is courtesy of the Academic Tree project and the Math Genealogy project.