Academic Ancestry
of Paul Frampton

Academic ancestry defined by PhD advisers, like blood ancestry, is not under one’s own control. Consider the five greatest physicists and mathematicians: Dirac, Einstein, Euler, Gauss and Newton. Since Einstein and Newton had no PhD students, the most an ancestry may contain is Dirac, Euler, Gauss. This is the case for Richard Eden and his descendants of whom I am one.

Paul Frampton (PhD 1968 Oxford)

Frampton’s adviser:
John Clayton Taylor (PhD 1955 Cambridge)

Taylor’s co-advisers:
Richard Eden (PhD 1948 Cambridge) 
Abdus Salam (PhD 1952 Cambridge).

Eden’s co-advisers: 
Paul Dirac (PhD 1926 Cambridge)
Werner Heisenberg (PhD 1923 Munich)
Heisenberg’s adviser:
Arnold Sommerfeld (PhD 1891 Konigsberg)

Salam’s adviser: 
Nicholas Kemmer (PhD 1935 Zurich) 
Kemmer’s adviser: 
Wolfgang Pauli (PhD 1921 Munich)
Pauli’s adviser:
Arnold Sommerfeld (PhD 1891 Konigsberg) 
Sommerfeld’s adviser:
Ferdinand Lindemann (PhD 1873 Nurenberg) 
Lindemann’s adviser: 
Felix Klein (PhD 1868 Bonn) 
Klein’s co-advisers:
Julius Plucker (PhD 1823 Marburg) 
Rudolf Lipschitz (PhD 1853 Berlin) 

Plucker’s adviser: 
Christian Gerling (PhD 1812 Gottingen) 
Gerling’s adviser: 
Carl Gauss (PhD 1799 Helmstedt) 

Lipschitz’s adviser: 
Gustav Dirichlet (PhD 1827 Bonn) 
Dirichlet’s adviser: 
Simeon Poisson (PhD 1802 Paris) 
Poisson’s adviser: 
Joseph Lagrange (PhD 1766 Berlin) 
Lagrange’s adviser: 
Leonard Euler (PhD 1726 Basel) 

Using the analogy between academic and blood ancestries
Dirac is great grandfather
Gauss is 8-greats grandfather
Euler is 10-greats grandfather.