John von Neumann

John von Neumann, born on December 28, 1903 was a Hungarian-American mathematician whose contributions made a huge impact on many fields of science but mostly in mathematics, therefore he is considered to be one of the greatest mathematicians in modern history.

Early life

Born Neumann János Lajos, John was the oldest out of three children in the family. Neumann was born in Budapest in a Jewish family. At early age he demonstrated great potential and very soon it became obvious that he is a child prodigy.


John entered the German-speaking Lutheran high school Fasori Evangelikus Gimnázium in Budapest in 1911. By the age of 19, von Neumann had published two major mathematical papers. Neumann minored in experiment