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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 232,536 page views. His biography is available in 44 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 43 in 2019). Charles Hermite is the 112th most popular mathematician (up from 114th in 2019), the 823rd most popular biography from France (down from 794th 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 112 out of 823Before him are John Wallis, G. H. Hardy, Meton of Athens, Girard Desargues, Isaac Barrow, and Theon of Alexandria. After him are Grigori Perelman, Josef Stefan, Christopher Clavius, Hermann Weyl, Leonid Kantorovich, and Émile Borel.

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

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Among people born in France, Charles Hermite ranks 823 out of 6,011Before him are Nicolas Oudinot (1767), Jean-Baptiste de La Salle (1651), Jean Froissart (1337), Anne Marie Louise d'Orléans, Duchess of Montpensier (1627), Jean-Georges Noverre (1727), and Hector Guimard (1867). After him are Maria Malibran (1808), Charles Nicolle (1866), Jean Victor Marie Moreau (1763), Pauline Viardot (1821), Chevalier d'Éon (1728), and Germaine of Foix (1488).


Among mathematicians born in France, Charles Hermite ranks 24Before him are Guillaume de l'Hôpital (1661), Émilie du Châtelet (1706), Siméon Denis Poisson (1781), Pierre Louis Maupertuis (1698), Jean-Victor Poncelet (1788), and Girard Desargues (1591). After him are Émile Borel (1871), Henri Lebesgue (1875), Alexis Clairaut (1713), Michel Rolle (1652), Jacques Hadamard (1865), and Joseph Liouville (1809).