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Where do the best mathematicians come from?

Americans think that the best scientists come from their best universities. To learn more, consider where the influential mathematicians from:

got their degree in the USA 33%
got their Ph.D. in the USA 58%
working in the USA 68%

The American scientific dominance relies partially on the ability of the USA to attract and retain the best and the brightest:

  • 33.6% of European PhDs were attracted to faculty or research positions in the US.
  • 55% of non-European foreign PhDs were attracted to faculty positions in the US.
  • Only 10% of American Ph.D.s go work abroad.

Reference: Influential Mathematicians: Birth, Education and Affiliation

Further reading: It may not matter all that much where you go to college and Big schools are no longer giving researchers an edge?