Christopher Reeve Birthday Palindrome | by Dr. Aziz Inan

Posted by Reeve Staff in Daily Dose on September 28, 2018 # Christopher and Dana

As we all know, Christopher Reeve’s impact reaches far and wide across the world, resonates with all kinds of people and endures in his honor. Many people were first introduced to Christopher in his role as Superman, but it is what he did with his fame that has made a lasting legacy. His dedication to find cures for paralysis is part of what makes him so easy to admire.

We are touched by the words that his fans share with us, but usually those words aren’t told mathematically…until now. Aziz Inan is a professor and chair of the electrical engineering program in the Donald P. Shiley School of Engineering at the University of Portland, and he’s also a fan of Christopher Reeve. To honor Christopher’s life, Aziz created a unique, palindrome-number trivia list. Aziz chose to use palindrome because Christopher was born on 25/9/1952 (day/month/year format), and today marks his 66th birthday — both palindromes.

Thank you, Aziz, for this clever way to honor Christopher Reeve’s life!

You can read Aziz’s work in full below:

Christopher D’Olier Reeve (born: September 25, 1952, New York City – died: October 10, 2004, Mount Kisco, New York) was an American actor best known for his motion picture portrayal of the classic DC comic book superhero Superman in four movies released between 1978 and 1987 [1].

In 1995, an accident occurred when Reeve, at age 42, was thrown from a horse and broke his neck during a horse-riding competition in Culpeper, Virginia. Reeve was paralyzed and could not breathe without the help of a respirator. He had to use a wheelchair and a portable ventilator to breath for the rest of his life, until his death at 52.

After his accident, Reeve became an activist and used his fame as a platform to generate awareness and find cures for spinal cord injuries and to advocate for human embryonic stem cell research. He founded the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation and there is the Reeve-Irvine Research Center named in his honor.

This year, September 25 marks Reeve’s 66th birthday — and note that 66 is a palindrome number. Since Reeve was born on a palindrome day, I constructed the following fun palindrome-number trivia in his honor:

  • Reeve’s birthday September 25, 1952 expressed in the day/month/year date format as 25/9/1952 was a full palindrome date.
  • Further, the sum of the digits of Reeve’s birthday, 9/25/1952, equals 33, another palindrome number.
  • Reeve was born on the 269th day of 1952 and 269 is the 57th prime number. Interestingly, the sum of the prime factors of 57, namely 3 and 19, equals 22. Further, the difference of 269 and 57 gives 212 and the sum of the prime factors of 212, namely 2 and 53, yields 55.
  • Reeve’s first name, Christopher, is made of 11 letters and his full name, Christopher D’Olier Reeve, consists of 22 letters.
  • Also, Reeve’s 66th birthday coincides with 2018 and the sum of the digits of 2018 equals 11.
  • If Reeve’s 66th birthday is expressed as 9/25/18, 92518 equals the product of 2, 167, and 277, which are the 1st, 39th, and 59th prime numbers. Interestingly, the sum of 1, 39, and 59 equals 99, another palindrome.
  • Reeve’s 77th birthday expressed as 9/25/29 will be a palindrome day.
  • The sum of the digits of Reeve’s 88th birthday expressed as 9/25/2040 equals 22.
  • Reeve’s 99th birthday will occur in 2051 and 2051 equals 7 times 293, which are the 4th and 62nd prime numbers and interestingly, 4 and 62 add up to 66.
  • Reeve’s 100th birthday expressed as 25/9/52 will be a palindrome day too.
  • If numbers 1 to 26 are assigned to the letters of the English alphabet, the sum of the numbers assigned to the letters of Reeve equals 55, another palindrome.
  • Furthermore, the sum of the numbers assigned to the letters of Reeve’s full name, Christopher D’Olier Reeve, equals 257 and coincidentally, 257 is the 55th prime number.
  • Additionally, the reverse of the year number of Reeve’s 66th birthday, namely 8102, equals 2 x 4051 and the reverse of 4051, namely 1504, equals twice 752, which is the reverse of 257, the 55th prime number representing Christopher D’Olier Reeve.
  • Lastly, the sum of the numbers assigned to the letters of Christopher Reeve equals 194 and the sum of the prime factors of 194, namely 2 and 97, equals 99.

Happy 66th birthday, Christopher Reeve!