List of Famous people who died in 1920

Srinivasa Ramanujan

First Name Srinivasa
Born on December 22, 1887
Died on April 26, 1920 (aged 32)
Born in India

Srinivasa Ramanujan was an Indian mathematician who lived during the British Rule in India. Though he had almost no formal training in pure mathematics, he made substantial contributions to mathematical analysis, number theory, infinite series, and continued fractions, including solutions to mathematical problems then considered unsolvable. Ramanujan initially developed his own mathematical research in isolation: according to Hans Eysenck: "He tried to interest the leading professional mathematicians in his work, but failed for the most part. What he had to show them was too novel, too unfamiliar, and additionally presented in unusual ways; they could not be bothered". Seeking mathematicians who could better understand his work, in 1913 he began a postal partnership with the English mathematician G. H. Hardy at the University of Cambridge, England. Recognizing Ramanujan's work as extraordinary, Hardy arranged for him to travel to Cambridge. In his notes, Hardy commented that Ramanujan had produced groundbreaking new theorems, including some that "defeated me completely; I had never seen anything in the least like them before", and some recently proven but highly advanced results.

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Bal Gangadhar Tilak

Keshav Gangadhar Tilak
First Name Bal
Last Name Tilak
Born on July 23, 1856
Died on September 1, 1920 (aged 64)
Born in India

Bal Gangadhar Tilak, born as Keshav Gangadhar Tilak, was an Indian nationalist, teacher, and an independence activist. He was one third of the Lal Bal Pal triumvirate. Tilak was the first leader of the Indian Independence Movement. The British colonial authorities called him "The father of the Indian unrest." He was also conferred with the title of "Lokmanya", which means "accepted by the people ". Mahatma Gandhi called him "The Maker of Modern India".

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Alexander I of Greece

First Name Alexander
Last Name Greece
Born on August 1, 1893
Died on October 25, 1920 (aged 27)

Alexander was King of Greece from 11 June 1917 until his death three years later, at the age of 27, from the effects of a monkey bite.

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John Reed

First Name John
Last Name Reed
Died on October 17, 1920

John "Jack" Silas Reed was an American journalist, poet, and communist activist. Reed first gained prominence as a war correspondent during the first World War, and later became best known for his coverage of the October Revolution in Petrograd, Russia, which he wrote about in his book Ten Days That Shook the World.

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Amedeo Modigliani

First Name Amedeo
Last Name Modigliani
Born on July 12, 1884
Died on January 24, 1920 (aged 35)
Born in Italy, Tuscany

Amedeo Clemente Modigliani was an Italian Jewish painter and sculptor who worked mainly in France. He is known for portraits and nudes in a modern style characterized by a surreal elongation of faces, necks, and figures that were not received well during his lifetime, but later became much sought-after. Modigliani spent his youth in Italy, where he studied the art of antiquity and the Renaissance. In 1906, he moved to Paris, where he came into contact with such artists as Pablo Picasso and Constantin Brâncuși. By 1912 Modigliani was exhibiting highly stylized sculptures with Cubists of the Section d'Or group at the Salon d'Automne.

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Frank Matcham

First Name Frank
Last Name Matcham
Born on November 22, 1854
Died on May 17, 1920 (aged 65)

Francis Matcham was an English architect who specialised in the design of theatres and music halls. He was best known for his work in London under Moss Empires, which included the designs of the Hippodrome (1900), Hackney Empire (1901), Coliseum (1903), Palladium (1910) and the Victoria Palace (1911). During his 40-year career, he was responsible for the design and construction of over 90 theatres and the redesign and refurbishment of a further 80 throughout the United Kingdom.

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Jacob Schiff

First Name Jacob
Last Name Schiff
Died on September 25, 1920
Born in Germany, Hesse

Jacob Henry Schiff was a German-born Jewish American banker, businessman, and philanthropist. Among many other things, he helped finance the expansion of American railroads, the Japanese military efforts against Tsarist Russia in the Russo-Japanese War, and the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia in 1917.

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George Gipp

First Name George
Last Name Gipp
Born on February 18, 1895
Died on December 14, 1920 (aged 25)

George Gipp, nicknamed "The Gipper", was a college football player at the University of Notre Dame under head coach Knute Rockne. Gipp was selected as Notre Dame's first Walter Camp All-American, and played several positions, particularly halfback, quarterback, and punter.

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Ray Chapman

First Name Ray
Last Name Chapman
Born on January 15, 1891
Died on August 17, 1920 (aged 29)

Raymond Johnson Chapman was an American baseball player. He spent his entire career as a shortstop for the Cleveland Indians.

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Jean Cau

First Name Jean
Last Name Cau
Born on March 27, 1875
Died on November 30, 1920 (aged 45)

Jean Cau was a French rower who competed in the 1900 Summer Olympics. He was part of the French boat Cercle de l'Aviron Roubaix, which won the gold medal in the coxed four.

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