Benoit Mandelbrot

1924 - 2010

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Benoit B. Mandelbrot (20 November 1924 – 14 October 2010) was a Polish-born French-American mathematician and polymath with broad interests in the practical sciences, especially regarding what he labeled as "the art of roughness" of physical phenomena and "the uncontrolled element in life". He referred to himself as a "fractalist" and is recognized for his contribution to the field of fractal geometry, which included coining the word "fractal", as well as developing a theory of "roughness and self-similarity" in nature.In 1936, while he was a child, Mandelbrot's family emigrated to France from Warsaw, Poland. After World War II ended, Mandelbrot studied mathematics, graduating from universities in Paris and the United States and receiving a master's degree in aeronautics from the California Institute of Technology. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Benoit Mandelbrot has received more than 1,523,173 page views. His biography is available in 64 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 62 in 2019). Benoit Mandelbrot is the 77th most popular mathematician (down from 73rd in 2019), the 74th most popular biography from Poland (up from 75th in 2019) and the most popular Polish Mathematician.

Benoit Mandelbrot is most famous for his work in fractal geometry, which is the study of shapes that are infinitely complex and self-similar.

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Among mathematicians, Benoit Mandelbrot ranks 77 out of 828Before him are G. H. Hardy, Gaspard Monge, Richard Dedekind, Siméon Denis Poisson, Andrey Kolmogorov, and Johann Heinrich Lambert. After him are Jacob Bernoulli, Katherine Johnson, Regiomontanus, Bhāskara II, Ctesibius, and Giuseppe Peano.

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Among people born in 1924, Benoit Mandelbrot ranks 14Before him are Kim Dae-jung, Truman Capote, Jean-François Lyotard, Eli Cohen, Sarah Vaughan, and Süleyman Demirel. After him are Jacques Le Goff, Black Dahlia, Lauren Bacall, Paul Feyerabend, Ramiz Alia, and Benny Hill. Among people deceased in 2010, Benoit Mandelbrot ranks 10Before him are Gloria Stuart, Ronnie James Dio, Tony Curtis, Juan Antonio Samaranch, Éric Rohmer, and Dennis Hopper. After him are Lech Kaczyński, Claude Chabrol, Zecharia Sitchin, Bobby Farrell, Tsutomu Yamaguchi, and Alois Brunner.

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Among people born in Poland, Benoit Mandelbrot ranks 74 out of 1,231Before him are Erich von Falkenhayn (1861), Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906), Emanuel Lasker (1868), Wolfram Freiherr von Richthofen (1895), Bolesław I the Brave (967), and Maria Feodorovna (1759). After him are Casimir IV Jagiellon (1427), Erwin von Witzleben (1881), Lech Kaczyński (1949), Andrzej Sapkowski (1948), John II Casimir Vasa (1609), and Zbigniew Brzezinski (1928).


Among mathematicians born in Poland, Benoit Mandelbrot ranks 1After him are Leopold Kronecker (1823), Stefan Banach (1892), Marian Rejewski (1905), Ernst Kummer (1810), Wacław Sierpiński (1882), Hermann Schwarz (1843), Hermann Grassmann (1809), Felix Hausdorff (1868), Ehrenfried Walther von Tschirnhaus (1651), Kazimierz Kuratowski (1896), and Alfred Korzybski (1879).