I recently learned a term "academic genealogy" which is very interesting to me. It organizes a family tree of scholars according to their Ph.D. supervision relationships. My Ph.D. advisor was Harry B. Hunt, III, whose other students include Madhav Marathe, Sandeep Shukla, and Jonathan Stillman. Harry's Ph.D. advisor was John E. Hopcroft. Interestingly, this makes Alfred Aho an "uncle" of mine since he was also John's Ph.D. student. I never thought I have a connection with Aho like this. The most interesting part I found from the tree is, according to the American Mathematical Society's Mathematics Genealogy Project, I am the 14th generation Ph.D. student of the greatest mathematician of all time (in my own opinion)-- Leonhard Euler. The path is:
Leonhard Euler--Joseph Louis Lagrange--Simeon Poisson--Gustav Dirichlet--Rudolf Lipschitz--C. Felix Klein--C. L. Ferdinand Lindemann--Arnold Sommerfeld--Ernst Guillemin--William Linvill--Bernard Widrow--Richard Mattson--John Hopcroft--Harry B. Hunt, III--me.
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