It is well-known that many great mathematicians were prodigies.
Were there any great mathematicians who started off later in life?
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Sign up to join this communityIt is well-known that many great mathematicians were prodigies.
Were there any great mathematicians who started off later in life?
Dennis Sullivan who won the 2010 Wolf Prize comments on this in his own words in the magazine published by the New York Academy of Sciences:
http://www.nyas.org/Publications/Detail.aspx?cid=14047af0-9f26-481c-9b50-9434130c89db
Unfortunately, all these exceptions appear to be reaches, thus proving the rule.
I don't know if Jean van Heijenoort counts as great, but his life story is amazing.