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PhD Lineage? Anyone traced their's?

  1. May 21, 2012 #1
    One of the lecturers at my uni has traced his PhD lineage back to the 17th century (Bernoulli, if you can believe it).

    Has anyone here done the same? Any interesting results?
     
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  3. May 21, 2012 #2

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  4. May 21, 2012 #3
    One of my professors can trace his back to Gauss; another to Hilbert. Honestly, a lot of renowned mathematicians had so many students that it's not surprising to be traced back to one of them.
     
  5. May 21, 2012 #4

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    I traced mine to Zvi Griliches
     
  6. May 21, 2012 #5

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    Marc Sher of William and Mary has traced his back to the 14th century. I can tarce mine to Francesco Rossetti (1857, Vienna).
     
  7. May 21, 2012 #6

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    I can trace mine to the late 16th century, Heinrich Maius (University of Jena).
     
  8. May 21, 2012 #7
    My intro to chemistry professor studied under Dirac at FSU.
     
  9. May 21, 2012 #8

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    Who granted the first PhD? I feel like at the beginning someone impersonated a PhD. Something like original sin being source of all later PhDs.

    Could be there were more than one imposters. If so, there must be a bastard at the beginning of every lineage.
     
  10. May 21, 2012 #9

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    I can trace mine at least to Millikan. (Kind of cool. It never occurred to me to do that. I should see how far back I can go.)
     
  11. May 21, 2012 #10
    There's a site attempting to compile academic genealogies - The Academic Family Tree. Chemists seem to have a thing for this, as there's also the Chemical Genealogy Database at UIUC. I, apparently, can trace mine to Italy in the 1450s. Famous ancestors include Gay-Lussac, Kekule, Bunsen, von Liebig, Lavoisier, and Berthollet.
     
  12. May 21, 2012 #11

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    Cool. According to that site, I can add Michelson and Helmholtz to my 'lineage'. (You'd think I'd be smarter.)
     
  13. May 21, 2012 #12

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    According to that site, I go back to the 14th century as well.
     
  14. May 22, 2012 #13

    Ben Niehoff

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    Earliest I can find with a date is 1380. Most of the degrees before 1600 were in law, medicine, or theology, rather than physics, of course.
     
  15. May 22, 2012 #14

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    I don't have one, so I can't trace it to anywhere or anyone. On the other hand, I'm descended from royalty... but that ain't worth a crap where I live. Neither is a degree, for that matter...

    Come to think of it, why would someone with a PhD put an apostrophe in "theirs"?
     
  16. May 22, 2012 #15
    Look out, I'm getting my grammar corrected on the internet.

    Do I start calling you a Nazi to win an argument now? That's how the internet works, right?
     
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    He's a communist then.
     
  19. May 22, 2012 #18

    Danger

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    Actually, I'm a Socialist, but you Yanks never could differentiate between the concepts. I gave you the perfect opportunity for rebuttal in my first post, and you failed the test. How could you not counter-Nazi me by pointing out that I used the non-word "ain't"?
     
  20. May 22, 2012 #19

    Andy Resnick

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    Hey, that's cool- I was only able to go as far back as von Karman < Prandtl < Foppl, but was able to go back to some incestuous nest at Jardin du Roi in the early 1600s. Seriously, tho, this kind of exercise was interesting- there's a clear line of inquiry that is present over many 'generations' (fluids, for me)
     
  21. May 22, 2012 #20

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    For some economists, it is funny. This is because your advisor may have had a physicists as advisor, and then you end up in the physicists academic tree :). I am sure some end up in the mathematicians academic tree, both physicists and economists. Mathematics... the mother tree :rofl:
     
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