I'm currently looking for some advise concerning the correct way of mentioning people (i.e. inventors or scientists) in a (PhD) thesis. To clarify, I'm looking for a good way of phrasing "Method X was invented by Y". Which of the following sentences - if any - would be the best way?
- Method X was invented by Doe
- Method X was invented by John Doe
- Method X was invented by John Doe (12 March 1899 - 22 April 1956)
- Method X was invented by the Russian mathmatician and writer John Doe (12 March 1899 - 22 April 1956)
Personally, I think that it's appropriate to give some background (i.e. birth and death dates) for each newly introduced person. However, this might maybe be considered a bit too elaborated for a technical thesis.