Charles Hermite

1822 - 1901

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Charles Hermite (French pronunciation: [ʃaʁl ɛʁˈmit]) FRS FRSE MIAS (24 December 1822 – 14 January 1901) was a French mathematician who did research concerning number theory, quadratic forms, invariant theory, orthogonal polynomials, elliptic functions, and algebra. Hermite polynomials, Hermite interpolation, Hermite normal form, Hermitian operators, and cubic Hermite splines are named in his honor. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Charles Hermite has received more than 266,938 page views. His biography is available in 49 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 44 in 2019). Charles Hermite is the 106th most popular mathematician (up from 113th in 2019), the 747th most popular biography from France (up from 821st in 2019) and the 22nd most popular French Mathematician.

Charles Hermit is most famous for being the first person to use a microscope to study living organisms.

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Among mathematicians, Charles Hermite ranks 106 out of 1,004Before him are Grigori Perelman, Joan Clarke, Christian Goldbach, Willebrord Snellius, Thomas Harriot, and Carl Gustav Jacob Jacobi. After him are Paul Ehrenfest, John Wallis, Anthemius of Tralles, Girard Desargues, Brook Taylor, and János Bolyai.

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Among people born in 1822, Charles Hermite ranks 12Before him are Rudolf Clausius, César Franck, Francis Galton, Robert Luther, Rutherford B. Hayes, and Prince Napoléon Bonaparte. After him are Francis, Duke of Cádiz, Étienne Lenoir, Sa'id of Egypt, Heinrich Louis d'Arrest, Edmond de Goncourt, and Rosa Bonheur. Among people deceased in 1901, Charles Hermite ranks 10Before him are Victoria, Princess Royal, Johanna Spyri, Benjamin Harrison, Arnold Böcklin, William McKinley, and Milan I of Serbia. After him are Adolf Erik Nordenskiöld, Chlodwig, Prince of Hohenlohe-Schillingsfürst, Li Hongzhang, Fukuzawa Yukichi, Abdur Rahman Khan, and Gaetano Bresci.

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Among people born in France, Charles Hermite ranks 747 out of 6,770Before him are Maurice Béjart (1927), Albert I, Prince of Monaco (1848), Jean-Baptiste de La Salle (1651), Eugène Edine Pottier (1816), Clotilde (475), and Jérôme Lalande (1732). After him are Simon Vouet (1590), François-André Danican Philidor (1726), François Mansart (1598), Theobald I of Navarre (1201), Robert Doisneau (1912), and Joan II of Navarre (1311).


Among mathematicians born in France, Charles Hermite ranks 22Before him are Abraham de Moivre (1667), Johann Heinrich Lambert (1728), Adrien-Marie Legendre (1752), Siméon Denis Poisson (1781), Guillaume de l'Hôpital (1661), and Pierre Louis Maupertuis (1698). After him are Girard Desargues (1591), Jean-Victor Poncelet (1788), Alexis Clairaut (1713), Étienne Bézout (1730), Jacques Hadamard (1865), and Émile Borel (1871).