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 179,317 page views. His biography is available in 43 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 42 in 2019). Charles Hermite is the 114th most popular mathematician (down from 101st in 2019), the 796th most popular biography from France (down from 686th in 2019) and the 24th 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 114 out of 828Before him are Hippocrates of Chios, Lodovico Ferrari, Gabriel Cramer, Girard Desargues, John Wallis, and Leonid Kantorovich. After him are Brook Taylor, John Horton Conway, Ferdinand von Lindemann, Robert Grosseteste, Hermann Weyl, and Émile Borel.

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Among people born in 1822, Charles Hermite ranks 11Before him are Rudolf Clausius, César Franck, Francis Galton, Frédéric Passy, Rutherford B. Hayes, and Étienne Lenoir. After him are Francis, Duke of Cádiz, Heinrich Louis d'Arrest, Edmond de Goncourt, Midhat Pasha, Prince Napoléon Bonaparte, and Adelaide of Austria. Among people deceased in 1901, Charles Hermite ranks 12Before him are Benjamin Harrison, Arnold Böcklin, William McKinley, Adolf Erik Nordenskiöld, Milan I of Serbia, and Chlodwig, Prince of Hohenlohe-Schillingsfürst. After him are Li Hongzhang, Fukuzawa Yukichi, Abdur Rahman Khan, Zénobe Gramme, Elisha Gray, and Gaetano Bresci.

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Among people born in France, Charles Hermite ranks 796 out of 5,234Before him are Étienne Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire (1772), Maurice Druon (1918), Jean-Pierre Cassel (1932), Marcellin Berthelot (1827), Roscellinus (1050), and Vincent Auriol (1884). After him are Jean Sylvain Bailly (1736), Louis I, Duke of Bourbon (1279), Jean-Baptiste Greuze (1725), Isabella of Angoulême (1188), Jules Dumont d'Urville (1790), and Alfred de Vigny (1797).


Among mathematicians born in France, Charles Hermite ranks 24Before him are Johann Heinrich Lambert (1728), Adrien-Marie Legendre (1752), Guillaume de l'Hôpital (1661), Pierre Louis Maupertuis (1698), Jean-Victor Poncelet (1788), and Girard Desargues (1591). After him are Émile Borel (1871), Alexis Clairaut (1713), Joseph Liouville (1809), Henri Lebesgue (1875), Gabriel Lamé (1795), and Étienne Bézout (1730).