Wasting time usefully with my friend and co-student of Gareth Nelson, Malte Ebach, we wondered what our academic genealogies were.
My thesis advisors were Gareth J. Nelson and Neil Thomason.
Gary was advised by William A. Gosline (1915-2002), who was advised by George Sprague Myers (1905-1985), who was a student of Willis Horton Rich (1885-1972), a student of Charles Henry Gilbert (1859-1928), a student of David Starr Jordan (1851-1931; the LCA of all American ichthyologists, apparently), who did not do a PhD as such (it was the 1870s after all) but was mentored by Louis Agassiz, who was mentored by Georges Cuvier (who was self-taught). That’s a hellaciously solid ancestry.
Neil was advised by Paul K. Feyerabend (1924-1994), who was advised by Viktor Kraft (1880-1975), who was a student at the University of Vienna, whose Habilitation advisor was Adolf or Adolph Stöhr, about whom I can find almost nothing. I know Kraft was also once a student of Ernst Mach, but not, I think, a doctoral student.
Thanks to Malte and Tony Gill for information. Fun way to waste an afternoon. Oh, and did I mention I have an Erd?s number of 3? Yes; yes, I did…