List of men by number of sons, daughters, and wives
This is a list of men along with their number of sons, daughters, and wives. I focus on men because I believe the psychology and economics are drastically different for women, so data from women matter much less to me when making decisions about my life. For children, only biological children who survive past infancy are counted. I make absolutely no claims about how these men were chosen to be on this list.
|Name||Sons||Daughters||Children (sons + daughters)||Wives||Sources|
|Edsger W. Dijkstra||3||1|||
|Charles C. Pinter||4?||0?||4?||1?|||
|John Maynard Keynes||0||0||0||1|||
|Carl Friedrich Gauss||3||2||5||2|||
|Johann Sebastian Bach||6||5||11||2|||
|Richard S. Sutton||0?||0?||0?||0?|||
|(add other bell labs people)|
|E. T. Jaynes|
|Tooby and Cosmides|
|David Foster Wallace||0||0||0||1|||
|Terry A. Davis||0||0||0||0|
|Fisher (are there two?)|
|John Horton Conway||3||4||7||3?|||
|John von Neumann|
|J. Robert Oppenheimer||1||1||2||1|||
- https://gist.github.com/riceissa/e42019ea299e98559052d83194cc4e97 -- a script that reads data from this page and computes an index
- https://www.quora.com/Which-notable-people-have-never-married-stayed-single-their-entire-life/answer/Alex-K-Chen -- I should import some of these people into this current page at some point
- https://webusers.imj-prg.fr/~leila.schneps/grothendieckcircle/Spirituality/Spirituality21.pdf -- So it looks like Serge with the landlady Aline Driquert; Johanna, Alexander, and Mathieu with Mireille Dufour; and Hans/John with Justine Skalba.
- "He and his wife Maria (Ria) Debets were survived by their three children: Marcus, Femke, and the computer scientist Rutger M. Dijkstra." https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edsger_W._Dijkstra#Last_years
- Dedication page of A Book of Abstract Algebra (2nd ed).
- "Earlier in 1849 he had married Therese Knappe, the daughter of a landowner, on 12 April. They had eleven children of whom seven reached adulthood." https://mathshistory.st-andrews.ac.uk/Biographies/Grassmann/
- "Grassmann had eleven children, seven of whom reached adulthood." https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hermann_Grassmann
- "Spouse(s): Maria Bernoulli (1904-1923), Ruth Wenger (1924-1927), Ninon Dolbin (1931-his death)" "Children: Bruno Hesse, Heiner Hesse, Martin Hesse" https://www.thoughtco.com/biography-of-hermann-hesse-4775337
- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Murray_(political_scientist)#Divorce_and_remarriage "Murray has four children, two by each wife."
- "Linklater has been partnered with Christina Harrison since the 1990s. In 1994 they had a daughter, and twin girls in 2004." https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Linklater#Personal_life
- http://www.scholarpedia.org/article/Andrey_Nikolaevich_Kolmogorov "In 1942 Kolmogorov married Anna Dmitriyevna Egorov. He did not have children of his own."
- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeff_Bezos "He and his ex-wife MacKenzie are the parents of four children: three sons, and one daughter adopted from China."
- https://www.theatlantic.com/past/docs/issues/99feb/germ2.htm "A forty-five-year-old Ph.D. physicist who lives in Albuquerque with his wife and three small children, Cochran makes a living doing contract work on advanced optical systems for weaponry and other devices."
- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Harpending "Harpending's first wife was Patricia Draper, with whom he had two children. He married his second wife, Renee Pennington, around 1995. They had one son."
- https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/deseretnews/obituary.aspx?pid=181948980 "Henry is survived by Renee Pennington, his wife of 21 years, their son Peter, his children Sarah and Harry from his first marriage to Patricia Draper, and two grandchildren."
- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steven_Spielberg#Marriages_and_children -- not counting Jessica and Theo as they are not biological children.
- https://www.charleskochfoundation.org/story/tyler-cowen-the-economics-of-everything/ "He also relaxes by playing tennis with his wife Natasha, shooting hoops on his own and spending time with his twenty-eight-year-old daughter, Yana."
- https://publicchoice.gmu.edu/tylercowen "My lovely wife, stepdaughter and I currently reside in Fairfax, Virginia with stacks of amates."
- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Dedekind "He never married, instead living with his sister Julia."
- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bernhard_Riemann "In 1862 he married Elise Koch and they had a daughter."
- http://mathshistory.st-andrews.ac.uk/Biographies/Riemann.html "In June 1862 Riemann married Elise Koch who was a friend of his sister. They had one daughter."
- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giuseppe_Peano -- this doesn't mention any children, but doesn't say he didn't have children either. I also looked around at some other sources, but they too only mention the wife.
- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carl_Friedrich_Gauss#Family "Gauss had six children. With Johanna (1780–1809), his children were Joseph (1806–1873), Wilhelmina (1808–1846) and Louis (1809–1810). With Minna Waldeck he also had three children: Eugene (1811–1896), Wilhelm (1813–1879) and Therese (1816–1864). Eugene shared a good measure of Gauss's talent in languages and computation." -- Not counting Louis.
- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Augustin-Louis_Cauchy "Cauchy married Aloise de Bure in 1818. She was a close relative of the publisher who published most of Cauchy's works. They had two daughters, Marie Françoise Alicia (1819) and Marie Mathilde (1823)."
- https://mathshistory.st-andrews.ac.uk/Biographies/Lagrange/ "They had no children, in fact Lagrange had told d'Alembert in this letter that he did not wish to have children."
- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ludwig_Boltzmann "On July 17, 1876 Ludwig Boltzmann married Henriette; they had three daughters and two sons."
- https://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/31/business/hal-finney-cryptographer-and-bitcoin-pioneer-dies-at-58.html "Besides his wife, Mr. Finney is survived by a son, Jason; a daughter, Erin Finney; two sisters, Kathleen Finney and Patricia Wolf; and a brother, Michael."
- https://www.independent.com/obits/2014/09/02/hal-finney/ "Hal attended college at Caltech, where he met Fran. He graduated in 1979 with a degree in engineering, and married Fran that same year. He and Fran moved with their two children, Jason and Erin, to Santa Barbara in 1991, where Hal enjoyed running with his dogs along the coastline and trails."
- https://www.princeton.edu/news/2019/05/08/goro-shimura-giant-number-theory-dies-89 "Shimura is survived by his wife, Chikako, his daughter, Tomoko, and his son, Haru."
- https://famous-mathematicians.com/andrew-wiles/ "He is married to Nada Canaan Wiles who earned her PhD from Princeton University (New Jersey). They have three daughters named, Clare, Kate and Olivia."
- https://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/23/us/william-p-thurston-theoretical-mathematician-dies-at-65.html "Dr. Thurston’s first marriage, to Rachel Findley, ended in divorce. In addition to his son Dylan and his brother Robert, he is survived by his wife, Julian Muriel Thurston; their children Hannah Jade and Liam; two children from his first marriage, Nathaniel and Emily; his mother, Margaret; a sister, Jean Baker; a brother, George; and two grandchildren."
- https://news.cornell.edu/stories/2012/08/mathematics-innovator-william-thurston-dies-65 "Thurston is survived by his wife, Julian, his mother, two brothers, a sister, five children and two grandchildren."
- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gary_Becker "Becker's first wife was Doria Slote, from 1954 until her death in 1970. The marriage produced two daughters, Catherine Becker and Judy Becker. About ten years later, in 1980 Becker married Guity Nashat, a historian of the Middle East whose research interests overlapped his own."
- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ronald_Coase#Biography "Coase married Marion Ruth Hartung of Chicago, Illinois in Willesden, England, 7 August 1937. Although they were unable to have children, they were married 75 years until her death in 2012, making him one of the longest-married Nobel Prize laureates."
- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herbert_A._Simon#Personal_life_and_interests "Simon married Dorothea Pye in 1938. Their marriage lasted 63 years until his death. [...] They had three children, Katherine, Peter, and Barbara. His wife died in 2002."
- https://www.classicfm.com/composers/bach/guides/children/ I am counting the following children: Catharina Dorothea, Wilhelm Friedemann*, Carl Philipp Emanuel*, Johann Gottfried Bernhard, Gottfried Heinrich*, Elisabeth Juliana Friederica*, Regina Johanna, Johann Christoph Friedrich*, Johann Christian*, Johanna Carolina*, Regina Susanna*. (I've starred the ones that Wikipedia mentions.)
- https://www.slantmagazine.com/film/satoshi-kon-october-12th-1963-august-24th-2010/ "He is survived by his wife, Kyoko." His Wikipedia page also only mentions the wife.
- https://www.makikoitoh.com/journal/satoshi-kons-last-words -- I read this goodbye note that he wrote on his deathbed, but it only mentions wife and parents.
- I have tried various times and have never been able to find any information about this.
- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steven_Pinker "Pinker married Nancy Etcoff in 1980 and they divorced in 1992; he married Ilavenil Subbiah in 1995 and they too divorced. His third wife, whom he married in 2007, is the novelist and philosopher Rebecca Goldstein. He has two stepdaughters: the novelist Yael Goldstein Love and the poet Danielle Blau."
- https://www.technologyreview.com/s/417341/steven-pinker-tests-new-genetic-screen/ "Pinker, who has no children, discovered that both he and his wife, novelist Rebecca Goldstein, carry a genetic mutation linked to familial dysautonomia, a rare nervous system disorder. That means that if the couple had children, each would have had a 25 percent chance of inheriting the disease-causing mutation from both parents and therefore developing the disease. (Familial dysautonomia is a so-called Mendelian disease, which means that people who carry only one copy of the mutation, like Pinker and his wife, are not at risk.)"
- https://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/donotmigrate/3600566/Tales-of-the-unexpected.html "He was still at university in Tokyo when, in 1971, he married a fellow student, Yoko Takahashi." "At the age of 54, he no longer feels the urge to travel the world. He and Yoko have no children - they were out of the question when the couple were running the jazz club and when he began writing, but Murakami seems to have had reservations about the idea anyway. 'I can't have children,' he told an interviewer in 1984. 'I simply don't have the confidence my parents' generation had after the war that the world would continue to improve. '"
- https://www.theguardian.com/books/2011/oct/14/haruki-murakami-1q84 "Myself, I don't have any kids. Sometimes I wonder what would have happened if I'd had children. I cannot imagine it. I'm not so happy as a kid, and I don't know if I could be happy as a father. I have no idea."
- https://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/11/science/11arnold.html "Besides his son Igor, of Jersey City, he is survived by his wife of 33 years, Eleonora; another son, Dmitry, of Moscow; a brother, Dmitry, also of Moscow; a sister, Katya Arnold, of New York City; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren."
- https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/science-obituaries/7886200/Vladimir-Arnold.html "Arnold is survived by his wife, Voronina Elionora Aleksandrova, whom he married in 1976, and by his two sons."
- I spent some time searching, but I couldn't find any information. Either he is hiding his personal life very well or he does not have any wife/kids.
- https://www.telegraph.co.uk/obituaries/2017/02/20/raymond-smullyan-logician-obituary/ "Smullyan’s first marriage was dissolved. His second wife, Blanche, a Belgian-born pianist, died in 2006. He is survived by a stepson."
- https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/11/us/raymond-smullyan-dead-puzzle-creator.html "Professor Smullyan is survived by his stepson, Jack Kotik; six step-grandchildren; and 16 step-great-grandchildren. His wife Blanche, a Belgian-born pianist and music educator, died in 2006. His first marriage ended in divorce."
- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alonzo_Church#Life "He married Mary Julia Kuczinski in 1925. The couple had three children, Alonzo Church, Jr. (1929), Mary Ann (1933) and Mildred (1938)."
- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emil_Leon_Post#Life "Post married Gertrude Singer in 1929, with whom he had a daughter, Phyllis Goodman."
- https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/04/world/derek-parfit-philosopher-who-explored-identity-and-moral-choice-dies-at-74.html "In addition to his wife, Mr. Parfit is survived by his sister, Theodora Ooms." -- no mention of kids
- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Derek_Parfit "Spouse(s): Janet Radcliffe Richards (m. 2010)"
- Acknowledgments of Measure, Integration & Real Analysis has "Special thanks to my wonderful partner Carrie Heeter, whose understanding and encouragement enabled me to work intensely on this book. Our cat Moon, whose picture is on page 44, helped provide relaxing breaks." -- I'm guessing either no kids or they've grown up already so aren't mentioned.
- Preface of Elements of Mathematics mentions "my wife, Elaine".
- Preface to the 2nd edition of Mathematics and Its History says "My sons, Michael and Robert, who did most of the typing, and my wife, Elaine, who did a great deal of the proofreading."
- https://www.discoverlife.org/who/CV/Wrangham,_Richard.html "Status: Married to Elizabeth Ross (1980), three children."
- https://link.springer.com/referenceworkentry/10.1007%2F978-3-319-47829-6_947-1 "He married Dr. Elizabeth Ross in 1980 and has three adult sons."
- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Wright_(journalist)#Personal_life "Wright lives in Princeton, New Jersey, with his wife Lisa and their two daughters."
- https://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/15/books/15wallace.html "In addition to his wife, whom he married in 2004, and his parents, who live in Urbana, Ill., Mr. Wallace is survived by a sister, Amy Wallace Havens of Tucson."
- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Foster_Wallace "In 2002, Wallace met the painter Karen L. Green, whom he married on December 27, 2004." -- Page does not mention children.
- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linus_Torvalds#Personal_life "Tove and Linus were later married and have three daughters, two of whom were born in the United States."
- http://news.mit.edu/2016/marvin-minsky-obituary-0125 "Minsky is survived by his wife, Gloria Rudisch Minsky, MD, and three children: Henry, Juliana, and Margaret Minsky."
- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isaac_Asimov "They had two children, David (born 1951) and Robyn Joan (born 1955)."
- http://mason.gmu.edu/~rhanson/home.html "I have a wife Peggy, and sons Tommy and Andy."
- http://consc.net/bio/ "My partner, Claudia Passos Ferreira"; no mention of kids
- https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/11/23/doomsday-invention-artificial-intelligence-nick-bostrom "Even Bostrom’s marriage is largely mediated by technology. His wife, Susan, has a Ph.D. in the sociology of medicine and a bright, down-to-earth manner. (“She teases me about the Terminator and the robot army,” he told me.) They met thirteen years ago, and for all but six months they have lived on opposite sides of the Atlantic, even after the recent birth of their son. The arrangement is voluntary: she prefers Montreal; his work keeps him at Oxford. They Skype several times a day, and he directs as much international travel as possible through Canada, so they can meet in non-digital form."
- https://www.vulture.com/2019/02/nick-bostrom-on-whether-we-live-in-a-matrix-simulation.html "I have a son now who’s just reaching the age where he can play computer games. So I play a little bit with him. I’ve seen footage. I haven’t played them, but I know of them."
- son: https://twitter.com/EricRWeinstein/status/1032358803927265280 ; daughter: https://twitter.com/ericrweinstein/status/1094976363595948033
- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_Rogan "They have two daughters; the first was born in 2008 and the second in 2010. Rogan is also a stepfather to Ditzel's daughter from a previous relationship."
- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Feynman#Personal_and_political_life "They had a son, Carl, in 1962, and adopted a daughter, Michelle, in 1968."
- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Darwin#Children Not counting Mary and Charles, since they died as infants. This does include Annie, who died at age 10.
- https://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Kurt_G%C3%B6del -- this seems to be copied from Wikipedia, but I can't find the "They had no children" on the Wikipedia version. The Wikipedia article doesn't mention any kids though, so I'm going to assume there weren't any.
- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Spearman "He had three daughters along with one son, who died early on in 1941 in Crete." I'm excluding the son.
- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terence_Tao#Family "Tao's wife, Laura, is an electrical engineer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. They live with their son William and daughter Madeleine in Los Angeles, California."
- http://mathshistory.st-andrews.ac.uk/Biographies/Gowers.html "they had two sons and a daughter" "Gowers' first marriage was dissolved in 2007 and in 2008 he married Julie Barrau; they have one son."
- The fifth child is a daughter; see  and  for the birth announcement, and see this tweet from 2019-01-20 where Gowers calls the 8 year old child a daughter.
- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enrico_Fermi#Professor_in_Rome "Fermi married Laura Capon, a science student at the University, on 19 July 1928. They had two children: Nella, born in January 1931, and Giulio, born in February 1936."
- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laura_Fermi#Biography "They had two children: a daughter, Nella (1931–1995), and a son, Giulio (1936–1997)"
- https://www.alt.ac.uk/sites/default/files/assets_editor_uploads/documents/altc2007_peter_norvig_keynote_transcript.pdf "We know that there are multiple methods of learning, and as an aside I was glad when I went to my daughter's third grade parent introduction night, where the teacher explained what was going to go on in the classroom." So there is at least one daughter.
- https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10156755697568344&set=a.10156755693733344&type=3 -- I'm going to guess two daughters based on this photo.
- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_McCarthy_(computer_scientist)#Personal_life "McCarthy was married three times."
- https://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/26/science/26mccarthy.html "Besides his daughter Sarah, of Nevada City, Calif., he is survived by his wife, Carolyn Talcott, of Stanford; another daughter, Susan McCarthy, of San Francisco; and a son, Timothy, of Stanford."
- https://news.stanford.edu/news/2011/october/john-mccarthy-obit-102511.html "John McCarthy is survived by his third wife, Carolyn Talcott of Stanford; two daughters, Susan McCarthy of San Francisco and Sarah McCarthy of Nevada City, Calif.; a son, Timothy Talcott McCarthy of Stanford"
- https://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/10/science/10solomonoff.html "He is survived by his wife, Grace, who said the cause of death was a ruptured brain aneurysm."
- https://homepages.cwi.nl/~paulv/obituary.html "Ray Solomonoff is survived by his wife, Grace Morton, 72 Winter Street, Arlington, MA 02474, and by his nephews, Alex Solomonoff, of Somerville, and David Solomonoff."
- https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10154495837586898&set=a.10151105672091898&type=3&theater "Kathy McKeown, Manuela Veloso, Stuart Russell and wife at the ACM awards." -- So I take this to mean he is married.
- http://mathshistory.st-andrews.ac.uk/Biographies/Frege.html "Frege had married Margarete Lieseberg but they never had any children. Frege and his wife did adopt a son, Alfred, who went on to become an engineer, but after Frege's wife died in 1904 he seemed to sink more deeply into himself."
- https://www.iep.utm.edu/frege/ "Sometime after the publication of the Begriffsschrift, Frege was married to Margaret Lieseburg (1856-1905). They had at least two children, who unfortunately died young. Years later they adopted a son, Alfred. However, little else is known about Frege’s family life."
- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Georg_Cantor#Teacher_and_researcher "In 1874, Cantor married Vally Guttmann. They had six children, the last (Rudolph) born in 1886."
- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karl_Weierstrass "Weierstrass may have had an illegitimate child named Franz with the widow of his friend Carl Wilhelm Borchardt." -- I won't count this for now, but I might change my mind later.
- I couldn't find anything after a bit of digging.
- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alfred_Tarski#Life "In 1929 Tarski married fellow teacher Maria Witkowska, a Pole of Catholic background. She had worked as a courier for the army in the Polish–Soviet War. They had two children; a son Jan who became a physicist, and a daughter Ina who married the mathematician Andrzej Ehrenfeucht."
- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J._Robert_Oppenheimer "Oppenheimer's ranch in New Mexico was then inherited by their son Peter, and the beach property was inherited by their daughter Katherine "Toni" Oppenheimer Silber."