The mathgenealogy package

[Tags:gpl, program]

A command line program for extracting data from the Mathematics Genealogy Project ( Note that this database also contains many entries of computer scientists.

Lookup your entry at and then use that URL as a command line argument. For example, if Carl Gauss wanted to explore his academic ancestors, he would type


which produces the directed acyclic graph See

 mathgenealogy --help

for the complete list of options. Requires the dot program, which is part of the GraphViz package (version 2.28.0 or later!) to run.

Note: Due to some inconsistencies in the character encodings used on mathgenealogy, you might need to correct entries that use special characters.

Feedback and bug reports are appreciated!

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Versions 0.0.1, 0.0.2, 1.0.0, 1.1.0, 1.1.1, 1.2.0, 1.3.0, 1.4.0
Dependencies base (==4.*), binary (>=0.6.4), bytestring (>=0.9), cmdargs (>=0.9.5), containers (>=0.4), directory (>=1.2), fgl (>=5.4), filepath (>=1.3.0), graphviz (>=2999.12), HTTP (>=4000.1.2), process (>=1.1), safe (>=0.3.3), tagsoup (>=0.12.6), text (>=0.11) [details]
License GPL-2
Copyright (C) 2010-2015 Peter Robinson
Author Peter Robinson
Maintainer Peter Robinson <>
Category Web
Uploaded Sun Nov 22 17:15:15 UTC 2015 by PeterRobinson
Distributions NixOS:1.4.0
Downloads 1516 total (20 in the last 30 days)
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Status Docs not available [build log]
Last success reported on 2016-11-30 [all 5 reports]
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