This evening I stumbled on the fact that John von Neumann and Fibonacci both have asteroids named after them. Then I wondered how many more famous mathematicians have asteroids named after them. As it turns out, most of them.

I wrote a little script to search for the 100 greatest mathematicians (according to James Allen’s list) and look for names missing from a list of named asteroids. Here are the ones that were missing, in order of greatness.

- Alexandre Grothendieck
- Hermann K. H. Weyl
- Brahmagupta
- Aryabhata
- Apollonius
- Carl Ludwig Siegel
- Diophantus
- Muhammed al-Khowarizmi
- Bhascara (II) Acharya
- Alhazen ibn al-Haytham
- Andrey N. Kolmogorov
- Eudoxus
- Panini
- Jakob Steiner
- Hermann G. Grassmann
- M. E. Camille Jordan
- Jean-Pierre Serre
- Aristotle
- Michael F. Atiyah
- Atle Selberg
- Pappus

So of Allen’s top 100 list of mathematicians, 79 have asteroids named after them and the 21 above do not.

Alexandre Grothendieck, is the greatest mathematicianâ€”11th on James Allen’s listâ€”not to have an asteroid named in his honor.