Here is a table with my 10 most-recent academic ancestors:
|Name||Fields of Study||Dissertation||University||Year||Advisor|
|0||Luca Soldaini||Natural Language Processing, Information Retrieval||The Knowledge and Language Gap in Medical Information Seeking||Georgetown University||2018||Nazli Goharian|
|1||Nazli Goharian||Information Retrieval, Natural Language Processing||A Sparse Matrix Approach for Information Retrieval||Florida Institute of Technology||2001||Tarek El-Ghazawi|
|2||Tarek El-Ghazawi||Distributed Systems||Theory and Design of a Real-Time Motion Detection Computer System||New Mexico State University||1988||Gerald M. Flachs|
|3||Gerald M. Flachs||Computer Vision||Stability and Cut Points of Probabilistic Automata||Michigan State University||1967||J. S. (James Sutherland) Frame|
|4||J. S. (James Sutherland) Frame||Mathematics||The Theory of Tables of Group Characteristics||Harvard University||1933||Heinrich Wilhelm Brinkma|
|5||Heinrich Wilhelm Brinkmann||Mathematics||Contribution to the Theory of Riemann Spaces||Harvard University||1925||George David Birkhoff|
|6||George David Birkhoff||Mathematics||Asymptotic Properties of Certain Ordinary Differential Equations with Applications to Boundary Value and Expansion Problems||University of Chicago||1907||E. H. (Eliakim Hastings) Moore|
|7||E. H. (Eliakim Hastings) Moore||Mathematics||Extensions of Certain Theorems of Clifford and Cayley in the Geometry of n Dimensions||Yale University||1885||H. A. (Hubert Anson) Newton|
|8||H. A. (Hubert Anson) Newton||Astronomy, Mathematics||n/a ¹||Yale University||1850||Michel Chasles|
|9||Michel Chasles||Mathematics||n/a ²||École Polytechnique||1814||Siméon Denis Poisson|
|10||Siméon Denis Poisson||Mathematics||n/a ³||École Polytechnique||1800||Joseph-Louis Lagrange, Pierre-Simon Laplace|
Academic genealogy prior to Poisson can be explored on the Math Genealogy project.
¹ After obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree from Yale University, H.A. Newton did not pursue a Ph.D., as no American university offered a doctoral degree in 1850 (Batterson 2008). In correspondence with Yale treasurer and librarian Edward Herrick, he notes attending Michel Chasles lectures in 1855 at Sorbonne University, and mentions them as highly influential. Following the Math Genealogy Project, I have included Chasles as his advisor. Fun fact: when H.A. Newton joined Yale as faculty in 1855, he was the only professor in Mathematics at the university.
² Michel Chasles does not seem to have published a dissertation; Michel and Smadja (2021) indicate that his first published work was “Aperçu historique sur l’origine et le développement des méthodes en géométrie” in 1837.
³ Soon after starting his university studies in 1798, Poisson was noted by Lagrange and Laplace, who became his mentors (Connor and Robertson 2002). He graduated early in 1800, was hired as teaching assistant (répétiteur). In 1802, he was named deputy professor at the École Polytechnique in 1802.